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Encaustic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENCAUS'TIC, a. [Gr. caustic, to burn.] Pertaining to the art of enameling, and to painting in burnt wax. Encaustic painting, is a method in which wax is employed to give a gloss to colors.
ENCAUS'TIC, n. Enamel or enameling.
1. The method of painting in burnt wax.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: encaustic, adjective, from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from en- + kaiein to burn Date: 1601 a paint made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and after application fixed by heat; also the method involving the use of encaustic or a work produced by this method encaustic adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 (in painting, ceramics, etc.) using pigments mixed with hot wax, which are burned in as an inlay. 2 (of bricks and tiles) inlaid with differently coloured clays burnt in. --n. 1 the art of encaustic painting. 2 a painting done with this technique. Etymology: L encausticus f. Gk egkaustikos (as EN-(2), CAUSTIC)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Encaustic En*caus"tic, a. [L. encausticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to burn in; ? in + ? to burn: cf. F. encaustique. See Caustic, and cf. Ink.] (Fine Arts) Prepared by means of heat; burned in. Encaustic painting (Fine Arts), painting by means of wax with which the colors are combined, and which is afterwards fused with hot irons, thus fixing the colors. Encaustic tile (Fine Arts), an earthenware tile which has a decorative pattern and is not wholly of one color.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Encaustic En*caus"tic, n. [L. encaustica, Gr. ? (sc. ?): cf. F. encaustique. See Encaustic, a.] The method of painting in heated wax, or in any way where heat is used to fix the colors.



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