- a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
- a print produced by this method.
verb (used with object)
- to engrave in mezzotint.
- a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
- a print made from a plate so treated
- (tr) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
n.1738; see mezzo + tint. As a verb, from 1827.