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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scratch, engrave, grave, inscribeverb

    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

    "engrave a pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"

  2. engraveverb

    impress or affect deeply

    "The event engraved itself into her memory"

  3. engrave, etchverb

    carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block

    "engrave a letter"

  4. engrave, etchverb

    carve or cut a design or letters into

    "engrave the pen with the owner's name"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Engraveverb

    preter. engraved; part. pass. engraved or engraven.

    Etymology: engraver, French.

    Her ivory forehead, full of bounty brave,
    Like a broad table, did itself dispread,
    For love his lofty triumphs to engrave,
    And write the battles of his great godhead. Fairy Queen.

    O’er all, the heav’n’s refulgent image shines;
    On either gate were six engraven signs. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Met.

    Names fresh engrav’d appear’d of wits renown’d;
    I look’d again, nor could their trace be found. Alexander Pope.

    Engrave the two stones with the names. Ex. xxviii. 11.

    It will scarce seem possible, that God should engrave principles, in men’s minds, in words of uncertain signification. John Locke.

    Our Saviour makes this return, fit to be engraven in the hearts of all promoters of charity. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Sounds which address the ear, are lost and die
    In one short hour; but that which strikes the eye,
    Lives long upon the mind: the faithful sight
    Engraves the knowledge with a beam of light. Isaac Watts.

    The son had charge of them now being dead,
    In seemly sort their corses to engrave,
    And deck with dainty flowers their bridal bed. Fai. Queen.


  1. engrave

    Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface by cutting grooves into it with a burin. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called "engravings". Engraving is one of the oldest and most important techniques in printmaking. Wood engraving is a form of relief printing and is not covered in this article, same with rock engravings like petroglyphs. Engraving was a historically important method of producing images on paper in artistic printmaking, in mapmaking, and also for commercial reproductions and illustrations for books and magazines. It has long been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique, is much less common in printmaking, where it has been largely replaced by etching and other techniques. "Engraving" is also loosely but incorrectly used for any old black and white print; it requires a degree of expertise to distinguish engravings from prints using other techniques such as etching in particular, but also mezzotint and other techniques. Many old master prints also combine techniques on the same plate, further confusing matters. Line engraving and steel engraving cover use for reproductive prints, illustrations in books and magazines, and similar uses, mostly in the 19th century, and often not actually using engraving. Traditional engraving, by burin or with the use of machines, continues to be practised by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths and others, while modern industrial techniques such as photoengraving and laser engraving have many important applications. Engraved gems were an important art in the ancient world, revived at the Renaissance, although the term traditionally covers relief as well as intaglio carvings, and is essentially a branch of sculpture rather than engraving, as drills were the usual tools.


  1. engrave

    Engrave is to carve, cut, or etch a design or letters into a surface, typically for the purpose of decoration, authentication or documentation. This is usually done on hard materials such as metal, stone or glass, but can also be done on other materials like wood or leather. The process is often used for creating jewelry, inscriptions, art or personalized items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engraveverb

    to deposit in the grave; to bury

  2. Engraveverb

    to cut in; to make by incision

  3. Engraveverb

    to cut with a graving instrument in order to form an inscription or pictorial representation; to carve figures; to mark with incisions

  4. Engraveverb

    to form or represent by means of incisions upon wood, stone, metal, or the like; as, to engrave an inscription

  5. Engraveverb

    to impress deeply; to infix, as if with a graver

  6. Etymology: [Pref. en- + grave to carve: cf. OF. engraver.]


  1. Engrave

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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Engrave

    en-grāv′, v.t. to cut out with a graver a representation of anything on wood, steel, &c.: to imprint: to impress deeply.—ns. Engrav′er; Engrav′ery, the art of the engraver; Engrav′ing, act or art of cutting or incising designs on metal, wood, &c., for the purpose of printing impressions from them in ink on paper, or other similar substance—in metal, the lines to be printed are sunk or incised; in wood, the lines to be printed appear in relief, the wood between them being cut away: an impression taken from an engraved plate: a print. [Fr. en (=L. in), and grave, v.]

  2. Engrave

    en-grāv′, v.t. to deposit in the grave.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of engrave in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of engrave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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