Emboss vs. Engrave

By Jaxson

  • Engrave

    Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called engravings. Wood engraving is a form of relief printing and is not covered in this article.

    Engraving was a historically important method of producing images on paper in artistic printmaking, in mapmaking, and also for commercial reproductions and illustrations for books and magazines. It has long been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique, is much less common in printmaking, where it has been largely replaced by etching and other techniques.

    Traditional engraving, by burin or with the use of machines, continues to be practised by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths and others, while modern industrial techniques such as photoengraving and laser engraving have many important applications. Engraved gems were an important art in the ancient world, revived at the Renaissance, although the term traditionally covers relief as well as intaglio carvings, and is essentially a branch of sculpture rather than engraving, as drills were the usual tools.

  • Emboss (verb)

    To mark or decorate with a raised design or symbol.

    “The papers weren’t official until the seal had been embossed on them.”

  • Emboss (verb)

    To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, etc.

  • Emboss (verb)

    Of a hunted animal: to take shelter in a wood or forest.

  • Emboss (verb)

    To drive (an animal) to extremity; to exhaust, to make foam at the mouth.

  • Emboss (verb)

    To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to enclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood.

  • Emboss (verb)

    To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset.

  • Engrave (verb)

    To carve text or symbols into (something), usually for the purposes of identification or art.

    “He engraved the plaque with his name.”

  • Engrave (verb)

    To carve (something) into a material.

    “He engraved his name.”

  • Engrave (verb)

    To put in a grave, to bury.

  • Emboss (verb)

    carve, mould, or stamp a design on (a surface or object) so that it stands out in relief

    “the silverware is embossed with falcons”

    “an embossed brass dish”

  • Emboss (verb)

    carve, mould, or stamp (a design) on a surface or object

    “a dull gold casing with the logo embossed on the front”

Oxford Dictionary

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