1. To cut in; to make by incision. "Full many wounds in his corrupted flesh He did engrave." (Spenser)

2. To cut with a graving instrument in order to form an inscription or pictorial representation; to carve figures; to mark with incisions. "Like . . . . A signet thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel." (Ex. Xxviii. 11)

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

4. To impress deeply; to infix, as if with a graver. "Engrave principles in men's minds." (Locke)

Origin: Engraved; Engraved or Engraven; Engraving] [Pref. En- + grave to carve: cf. OF. Engraver.

(01 Mar 1998)

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