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Princeton's WordNet

  1. etchverb

    make an etching of

    "He etched her image into the surface"

  2. etchverb

    cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible

    "a face etched with pain"; "the leafless branches etched against the sky"

  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"

  5. etchverb

    selectively dissolve the surface of (a semiconductor or printed circuit) with a solvent, laser, or stream of electrons


  1. etchverb

    To cut into a surface with an acid or other corrosive substance in order to make a pattern. Best known as a technique for creating printing plates, but also used for decoration on metal, and, in modern industry, to make circuit boards.

  2. etchverb

    To engrave a surface.

  3. etchverb

    To make a lasting impression.

    The memory of 9/11 is etched into my mind.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Etchnoun

    A country word,

    When they sow their etch crops, they sprinkle a pound or two of clover on an acre. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Where you find dunging of land makes it rank, lay dung upon the etch, and sow it with barley. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  2. To Etchverb

    1.A way used in making of prints, by drawing with a proper needle upon a copper-plate, covered over with a ground of wax, &c. and well blacked with the smoke of a link, in order to take off the figure of the drawing or print; which having its backside tinctured with white lead, will, by running over the strucken out lines with a stift, impress the exact figure on the black or red ground; which figure is afterwards with needles drawn deeper quite through the ground, and all the shadows and hatchings put in; and then a wax border being made all round the plate, there is poured on a sufficient quantity of well tempered aqua fortis, which, insinuating into the strokes made by the needles, usually eats, in about half an hour, into the figure of the print or drawing on the copper plate. John Harris

    Etymology: etizen, German.

    There are many empty terms to be found in some learned writers, to which they had recourse to etch out their systems. John Locke.

    When we lie long awake in the night, we are not able to rest one quarter of an hour without shifting of sides, or at least etching this way and that way, more or less. John Ray.


  1. ETCH

    East Tennessee Children's Hospital is a private, independent, not-for-profit, 152-bed pediatric medical center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The hospital's primary service area includes 16 counties in East Tennessee, and its secondary service area includes counties in southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky and western North Carolina. It is certified by the state as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC), Tennessee's highest level of certification for pediatric hospital care. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is a member of Child Health Corporation of America, Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, Children's Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, Tennessee Hospital Association and National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). The hospital and its affiliates, including numerous pediatric physician practices, employ about 1,800 individuals in full-time, part-time and as-needed positions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Etchnoun

    a variant of Eddish

  2. Etchverb

    to produce, as figures or designs, on mental, glass, or the like, by means of lines or strokes eaten in or corroded by means of some strong acid

  3. Etchverb

    to subject to etching; to draw upon and bite with acid, as a plate of metal

  4. Etchverb

    to sketch; to delineate

  5. Etchverb

    to practice etching; to make etchings

  6. Etymology: [D. etsen, G. tzen to feed, corrode, etch. MHG. etzen, causative of ezzen to eat, G. essen . See Eat.]


  1. Etch

    Etch is an open source, cross-platform framework for building network services, first announced in May 2008 by Cisco Systems. Etch encompasses a service description language, a compiler, and a number of language bindings. It is intended to supplement SOAP and CORBA as methods of communicating between networked pieces of software, especially where there is an emphasis on portability, transport independence, small size, and high performance. Etch is designed to be easily incorporated into existing applications and systems, enabling a natural and easy transition to a service oriented architecture. It originally was derived from work on the Cisco Unified Application Environment, the product acquired by Cisco as part of the Metreos acquisition.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Etch

    ech, v.t. or v.i. to make designs on metal, glass, &c. by eating out the lines with an acid.—ns. Etch′er, one who etches; Etch′ing, the act or art of etching or engraving: the impression from an etched plate; Etch′ing-ground, the coating of wax or varnish on a plate prepared for etching; Etch′ing-need′le, a fine-pointed steel instrument used in etching. [From Ger. ätzen, to corrode by acid; from same root as Ger. essen. See Eat.]

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  1. ETCH

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of etch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of etch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of etch in a Sentence

  1. Ben Reppert:

    Enough has accumulated to 'officially' etch September 8, 2020 into history as one of the wildest 24hr weather periods I have witnessed.

  2. Kazumi Matsui:

    I once again urge the leaders of all nations to visit the A-bombed cities, as President Obama confirmed in Hiroshima, such visits will surely etch the reality of the atomic bombings in each heart.

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