• WordNet 3.6
    • n mezzotint print produced by an engraving that has been scraped to represent light or shade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mezzotint A manner of engraving on copper or steel by drawing upon a surface previously roughened, and then removing the roughness in places by scraping, burnishing, etc., so as to produce the requisite light and shade. Also, an engraving so produced.
    • v. t Mezzotint To engrave in mezzotint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mezzotint A method of engraving on copper or steel of which the essential feature is the burnishing and scraping away, to a variable extent, of a uniformly roughened surface consisting of minute incisions, accompanied by a bur, produced by an instrument called a cradle or rocker. This surface is left nearly undisturbed in the deepest shadows of the subject, but is partially removed in the middle tints, and completely in the highest lights. Thus treated, the plate, when inked, prints impressions graded in light and shade according to the requirements of the design, from a rich velvety and perfectly uniform black up through every variation of tone to brilliant white, or showing, when desirable, the sharpest contrasts between the extremes. This style of engraving, invented by Van Siegen, a Dutchman, in 1643, though erroneously ascribed to his pupil Prince Rupert, has been pursued with most success in England. The defect of the process is that it does not admit of clear and sharp delineation of forms; hence in modern practice the outline of the design is strongly etched with acid before the cradle is used, and texture is often given to the finished plate bv lines produced by dry-point etching.
    • mezzotint To engrave in mezzotint; represent in or as if in mezzotint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mezzotint mez′ō-tint or med′zō-tint a method of copperplate engraving, producing an even gradation of tones, resembling those of a photograph: an impression from a plate so produced
    • Mezzotint Also Mezzotint′o
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. mezzo-tinto,


In literature:

Could the diners have seen him, they would have known him by his resemblance to the mezzotint portrait that hung on the wall above him.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
On the walls, engravings; mostly Piranesis and mezzotint portraits.
"Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw
Mezzotints in Modern Music.
"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2" by Rupert Hughes
They fraternized with a phrenological harlequin who was a connoisseur in mezzotint and falconry.
"1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading" by B. A. Hathaway
Ever so many of the Reynolds and Romney portraits were reproduced in mezzotint.
"The Little Red Chimney" by Mary Finley Leonard
With her slenderness, her grace, her brilliant darkness, she seemed to him to belong in one of the English mezzotints on the wall.
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
Mezzotint is properly to be considered as chiaroscuro drawing on metal.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
The precious mezzotint portraits, mostly of his own collecting, regarded him urbanely from the walls.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Stuttgart, oddly enough, is a centre for all the engraving, etching, and mezzotint sales.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Mezzotint apparently has never been used for the reproduction of scientific subjects.
"The Essentials of Illustration" by T. G. (Thomas George) Hill

In poetry:

With me along that mezzotinted Zone
Where Hymen Spring is hymning to his Own -
See how grave Mahmud gambols on the Glebe
And hangs the sign TO LET upon his Throne!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Thrash was a Georgia native who moved to Philadelphia and became a printmaker known for inventing a technique called carborundum mezzotint that he used to establish his distinctive black-and-white style.