État Major to Ethmovomerine
(||É`tat" Ma`jor") [F., fr. état state + L. major greater.] (Mil.) The staff of an army, including all
officers above the rank of colonel, also, all adjutants, inspectors, quartermasters, commissaries, engineers,
ordnance officers, paymasters, physicians, signal officers, judge advocates; also, the noncommissioned
assistants of the above officers.
(||Et` cet"e*ra, ||Et` cæt"e*ra) [L. et and + caetera other things.] Others of the like kind; and the
rest; and so on; used to point out that other things which could be mentioned are to be understood.
Usually abbreviated into etc. or &c. Shak.
(Etch) n. A variant of Eddish. [Obs.] Mortimer.
(Etch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Etched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Etching.] [D. etsen, G. ätzen to feed, corrode,
etch. MHG. etzen, causative of ezzen to eat, G. essen . See Eat.]
1. To produce, as figures or designs, on mental, glass, or the like, by means of lines or strokes eaten in
or corroded by means of some strong acid.
The plate is first covered with varnish, or some other ground capable of resisting the acid, and this is
then scored or scratched with a needle, or similar instrument, so as to form the drawing; the plate is then
covered with acid, which corrodes the metal in the lines thus laid bare.
2. To subject to etching; to draw upon and bite with acid, as a plate of metal.
I was etching a plate at the beginning of 1875.Hamerton.
3. To sketch; to delineate. [R.]
There are many empty terms to be found in some learned writes, to which they had recourse to etch
out their system.Locke.
(Etch), v. i. To practice etching; to make etchings.
(Etch"er) n. One who etches.
1. The act, art, or practice of engraving by means of acid which eats away lines or surfaces left unprotected
in metal, glass, or the like. See Etch, v. t.
2. A design carried out by means of the above process; a pattern on metal, glass, etc., produced by
3. An impression on paper, parchment, or other material, taken in ink from an etched plate.
Etching figures (Min.), markings produced on the face of a crystal by the action of an appropriate
solvent. They have usually a definite form, and are important as revealing the molecular structure.
Etching needle, a sharp-pointed steel instrument with which lines are drawn in the ground or varnish
in etching. Etching stitch (Needlework), a stitch used outline embroidery.
(E`te*os"tic) n. [Gr. year + row.] A kind of chronogram. [R.] B. Jonson.
(E*ter"mi*na*ble) a. [Pref. e- + terminable.] Interminable. [Obs.] Skelton.
(E*tern" or E*terne") , a. [OF. eterne, L. aeternus, for aeviturnus, fr. aevum age. See Age,
and cf. Eternal.] Eternal. [Poetic] Shak.
Built up to eterne significance.Mrs. Browning.