intaglio: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in-tal'yō, -täl'-It.ēn-tä'lyô), [key]
— n., pl. v. -tagl•ios, -ta•gli
  1. incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.
  2. ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.
  3. a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, or the like, cut with an incised or sunken design.
  4. an incised or countersunk die.
  5. a figure or design so produced.
  6. a process in which a design, text, etc., is engraved into the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess is wiped off, ink remains in the grooves and is transferred to paper in printing, as in engraving or etching.
  7. an impression or printing from such a design, engraving, etc.
  1. to incise or display in intaglio.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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