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a. A method of printing with etched plates or cylinders; intaglio printing.

b. Photogravure.


a. A plate used in the process of gravure.

b. A reproduction produced by gravure.

[French, from graver, to engrave, from Middle French, from Old French, to part (the hair), of Frankish origin; see ghrebh-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a method of intaglio printing using a plate with many small etched recesses. See also rotogravure

3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) matter printed by this process

[C19: from French, from graver to engrave, of Germanic origin; see grave3]

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(grəˈvyʊər, ˈgreɪ vyər)


1. an intaglio process of photomechanical printing, such as photogravure or rotogravure.

2. a print produced by gravure.

3. the metal or wooden plate used in photogravure.

[1875–80; < French]

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Noun 1. gravure - a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plategravure – a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print

photogravure – printing from an intaglio plate prepared by photographic methods
2. gravure – a printing plate used in the process of gravure

engraving – a block or plate or other hard surface that has been engraved
3. gravure – an intaglio print produced by gravure

print – a picture or design printed from an engraving
4. gravure – the act of intaglio printing

printing – the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution

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