1. The act or art of producing upon hard material, such as wood or metal, incised patterns, characters, and lines. Engraving is used for producing an original from which a pattern or design may be printed on paper. Engraving has long signified prestige and elegance. The look and feel of engraving on premium paper is unrivaled in communicating attention to detail, permanence, stability, and an overall impeccable business identity. The process is most often used for stationery and invitations.