I. noun 1. a print resembling a watercolour, made by etching a copper plate with nitric acid and using resin and varnish to produce areas of tonal shading. • twelve coloured aquatints of British battle scenes.
2. [ mass noun] — the technique or process of producing aquatints. • a directness and freshness in the use of aquatint.
• [as modifier]
aquatint plates of the Lake District.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1. produce (a print) using the aquatint technique or process. • she studied methods of etching and aquatinting.
– origin late 18th cent.: from French aquatinte, from Italian acqua tinta ‘coloured water’.