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Definition of the verb etch

What does etch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: etched | etching | etches

  1. make an etching of
    • example: He etched her image into the surface
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribbling
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination]Smith was inscribing the rings
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Smith inscribed the ring with his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Smith inscribed his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Smith inscribed his name on the ring

      Image Creation Verbs (with the same syntax): annotate, applique, emboss, embroider, engrave, imprint, incise, inscribe, mark, paint, scar, set, sign, stamp, tattoo.

    • domain: art / artistic creation / artistic production
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: print = make into a print
    • more specific word: aquatint = etch in aquatint
    • entailment: corrode / rust = become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid
  2. cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible
    • examples: a face etched with pain | the leafless branches etched against the sky
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic word: show = make visible or noticeable
  3. carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
  4. carve or cut a design or letters into
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of etch: engrave
    • more generic terms: carve / chip at = engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
  5. selectively dissolve the surface of (a semiconductor or printed circuit) with a solvent, laser, or stream of electrons
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: dissolve = cause to fade away

Alternative definition of the verb etch


  1. To engrave a surface (especially of metal or glass) in order to produce a printing pattern.
  2. [context: figuratively] To make a lasting impression.


Etch was 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 was 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.

  • also known as Apache Etch
  • developers: Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • genre: Network Programming Framework
  • license: Apache License 2.0

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Google previewSkills in Resistant Materials Technology (1999)

by Peter Gale

The ink is called etch resist because it protects ...

Google previewIntroduction to Knowledge Systems (2014)

by Mark Stefik

An etch is a metallic strip and conductor on a circuit board, roughly the equivalent of a wire. A pin is a connector between a chip and a circuit board. A chiplet is an area of silicon inside a chip package. Chiplets are not individually replaceable, ...

Google previewSilicon-on-Insulator Technology and Devices 14 (2009)

by Yasuhisa Omura

Preferential etching with a dilute Secco etch is the routinely applied procedure for the delineation of crystal defects in Silicon- On-Insulator (SOI)- and strained Silicon-On-Insulator (sSOI)- materials. Its capability can be improved with a ...

Google previewFabrication of GaAs Devices (2005)

by Albert G. Baca, Carroll I. H. Ashby, Institution of Electrical Engineers

A dry etch is a possibility as long as one can avoid plasma damage. Plasma damage is often recoverable at least to a certain extent by heating the sample to 400°C or above. Most GaAs recessed-gate structures cannot be heated beyond ...

Google previewCryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems - CHES 2000 (2000)

Second International Workshop Worcester, MA, USA, August 17-18, 2000 Proceedings by Cetin K. Koc

Jet Etch is a commercial product commonly used for removal of semiconductor surface coatings for analysis. Shaped Charge Technology: Shaped charge technology has become commonly available. Physical Security Devices for Computer ...

Google previewHandbook of Mechanical Alloy Design (2003)

by George E. Totten, Lin Xie, Kiyoshi Funatani

Krolls Etch is the term most often used for these etchants. Figure 21 illustrates the microstructure resulting from a typical solution treat and age heat treatment. Microstructures resulting from various heat treatments are shown in Fig. 22. Note the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

Etch. Cleaning. Removing soil by dissolving away some of the underlying metal. Etch. Figuring. In metallography, deliberate etching to an extent that would normally be excessive to produce a pattern of pitting which reveals some feature of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2006)

As can be seen in Figure 1, the shape of fission tracks varies in different materials , due mainly to differences in symmetry and magnitude of the difference between the track and bulk etch rates. Fission tracks in glass are relatively wide, conical ...

Google previewDictionary of Gems and Gemology (2013)

by Mohsen Manutchehr-Danai

etch features of crystals; etching diamond with a hot oxidizing agent produces various small geometrical ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

ETCH', v. a. Ger. etzen, from Ger. eeten, Etch'ING, n.s. $o eat. To engrave bythe use of aquafortis, which eats into the copper; to nibble, eat or remove the edges: hence to move edgewise. Etching is the art of engraving in this way, or a print ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Chemical, industries and occupations (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

Material to etch Silicon Polyaystolline silicon (Si) Silicon dioxide (Si02) Silicon nitride (Si3N4) CVD Oxide or Pod Etch Metals Aluminium (Al) Chromium-Nickel ( Cr/Ni) Gold (Au) Silver (Ag) Etchants Hydrofluoric, nitric, acetic ocids ond iodine ...

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Quotes about Etch

A glimmer slowly seen,
and then, hope burned,
in the cold cavern.
and knowing slowly caught.

This is Christmas,
light and dark,
and darkness dims
and natures canvas
paints, the inner meaning,
born in a cave.
The first etch of redemption. (Bernard Kennedy)
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Scrabble value of E1T1C3H4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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