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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sth is etched in your memory (=it is impossible to forget)
▪ The date was etched in my memory.
▪ Since Maggie had returned, suspicion had been etched across Richie's face every day, and it was there now.
▪ She took her place at his side again, and watched the exquisitely etched face in the soft light.
▪ The rigours of the most demanding season the game has known were etched on Moore's face.
not be carved/etched in stone
▪ John has several new ideas for the show, but nothing is etched in stone yet.
▪ The design is etched onto the glasses using a laser.
▪ A white flame roared up, etching the room in black and white.
▪ An appendix scar was lightly etched on his stomach above the Speedo.
▪ His face was long and etched with a look of permanent sorrow.
▪ She took her place at his side again, and watched the exquisitely etched face in the soft light.
▪ That contrast of tender sensibility and senseless brutality was etched into my mind, exposing the utter meaninglessness of violence and war.
▪ The U.S. studies have drawn attention to the use of glycol ethers - solvents used to etch circuits on to silicon wafers.
▪ When engraving was developed or etching was developed, engraving sort of, a lot of people lost interest in engraving.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Etch \Etch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Etched; p. pr. & vb. n. Etching.] [D. etsen, G. ["a]tzen to feed, corrode, etch. MHG. etzen, causative of ezzen to eat, G. essen ??. See Eat.]

  1. 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.

    Note: The plate is first covered with varnish, or some other ground capable of resisting the acid, and this is then scored or scratched with a needle, or similar instrument, so as to form the drawing; the plate is then covered with acid, which corrodes the metal in the lines thus laid bare.

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

    I was etching a plate at the beginning of 1875.

  3. To sketch; to delineate. [R.]

    There are many empty terms to be found in some learned writes, to which they had recourse to etch out their system.


Etch \Etch\, v. i. To practice etching; to make etchings.


Etch \Etch\, n. A variant of Eddish. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, "to engrave by eating away the surface of with acids," from Dutch etsen, from German ätzen "to etch," from Old High German azzon "give to eat; cause to bite, feed," from Proto-Germanic *atjanan, causative of *etanan "eat" (see eat). Related: Etched; etching. The Etch A Sketch drawing toy was introduced 1960 by Ohio Art Company.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 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 To engrave a surface. 3 (context figuratively English) To make a lasting impression. 4 To sketch; to delineate. Etymology 2

n. (obsolete form of eddish English)


v. make an etching of


Etch may refer to:

  • Etch (protocol), a network protocol
  • Etch (Toy Story), a character from the film Toy Story
  • Debian Etch, the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0
  • East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Etch (protocol)

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 was designed to be incorporated into existing applications and systems, enabling a transition to a service-oriented architecture. It was derived from work on the Cisco Unified Application Environment, the product acquired by Cisco as part of the Metreos acquisition.

Usage examples of "etch".

Etched into the glass was the legend Hank Bindle And Bruce Marmelstein: Magic Makers.

He promised himself that he would someday bring her those leather boots etched with the flying-storm-wave cicatrice of the Mnankrei.

A street guna cheap chrome automatic with the serial number etched outlay on the floor in front of the couch.

Looking more closely at one especially fine example, he noticed that the front plate of its case bore a small, inobtrusive pattern of dots etched upon the outer surface.

He paused once at the door ked back, forever etching in her mind the image scraping for dignity, a man ultimately alone.

Sunken into the lintel of its arched doorway was a sizable ward, made up of intricate knotwork patterns etched into a bronze plate.

I think that outside the House of God even in a cemetary there is no result just process and that here at last, with my love holding me, each day might be filled with all things and all colors and the eternal repetition of all colorful things renewed, and I feel that it just might be that in the flow of time the layers of bitterness might begin to peel away, until bitterness itself had become but a faint etching on a glass wall, layers of etched glass walls leading down a life toward a latency, a summer-game, a summer of fun, and as I struggle to rest the layers of bitterness are beginning to peel off, are peeling off, leaving me homing upriver toward innocence and nakedness and rest, as in the time before the House of God with Berry thank God for Berry and except for Berry where would I be for without her I could never learn to love as once I did love and will love and love.

The litho and etching presses separate the main work area from the front desk, where I talk with clients.

Fatigue etched hollows beneath her opaline eyes and the sunken cheeks of malnourishment left her with a haunted expression.

He was a huge man, theandric, with short brindled hair and a face like granite: pale but hard, square and etched with many fine lines.

Sergeant Towery looked at them, one at a time, as though wanting to etch their faces on his memory.

Aran stared down at him then up at Urse, every line of his face etched with despair.

Yet as Washen often reminded herself, for every failed species, a hundred others thrived, or at least managed to etch out some little corner of this glorious ship where they could hold their own.

Glazed the exact shade of green used in bardic robes, and etched inside and out with stylized water kigh, it had obviously been bought just for this purpose and transported carefully up into the mountains.

Still, as her fashion sense could be etched on a microchip with room to spare, she had to figure Roarke knew what he was doing.