What does mezzotint mean?

Definitions for mezzotint
ˈmɛt soʊˌtɪnt, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-mez·zotint

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mezzotint(noun)

    print produced by an engraving that has been scraped to represent light or shade


  1. mezzotint(Noun)

    a form of intaglio etching in which a metal plate is roughened evenly and then smoothed to bring out an image

  2. mezzotint(Noun)

    an etching or print made using this method

  3. mezzotint(Verb)

    to make such etchings

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mezzotint(noun)

    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

  2. Mezzotint(verb)

    to engrave in mezzotint

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. mezzo-tinto.]


  1. Mezzotint

    Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half-tones to be produced without using line- or dot-based techniques like hatching, cross-hatching or stipple. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a "rocker." In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. A high level of quality and richness in the print can be achieved.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mezzotint

    mez′ō-tint, or med′zō-tint, n. a method of copperplate engraving, producing an even gradation of tones, resembling those of a photograph: an impression from a plate so produced.—Also Mezzotint′o. [It.,—mezzo, middle, half, tinto, tint—L. tingĕre, tinctum, to dye.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mezzotint

    a mode of engraving on steel or copper in imitation of Indian ink drawings, the lights and shades of the picture being produced by scraping on a black ground.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mezzotint in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mezzotint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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