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carved in stone

 and engraved in stone; written in stone
Fig. permanent or not subject to change. (Often in the negative.) Now, this isn't carved in stone yet, but this looks like the way it's going to be. Is this policy carved in stone, or can it still be modified?
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engrave something into something

to cut symbols into something. She engraves a lovely design into the soap that she puts out for guests. Todd engraved his initials into the bark of the tree.
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engrave something on(to) something

to cut symbols into the surface of something. She engraved her initials onto the side of the tree. Ted engraved her name on the bracelet.
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engrave something (up)on something

1. . Lit. to cut letters or a design into the surface of something; to engrave something on(to) something. Todd engraved his initials into the bark of the tree. Their names were engraved onto each of their wedding rings. He asked them to engrave his initials upon the back of his watch. He engraved his name on the desktop.
2. Fig. to imprint something firmly on someone's mind. I engraved the combination to the safe upon my brain. The teacher engraved the definition of a noun into my memory.
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engrave something with something

1. . to carve something, such as letters, into something. He engraved the soft pewter with an old motto. Can you engrave my watch with a date?
2. to carve on something, using some tool or device. The worker engraved the watch with a sharp stylus. Can I engrave this bracelet with this tool? Is it sharp enough?
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1371 (1822) is the first with a date the piece was assigned to an engraver as well as the date it was published.
A new path from Jackson Street into the heart of the shopping centre will be called Bewick Way after Thomas Bewick, who was recognised as one of Britain's finest engravers in the 18th century.
Driving the engraver is Daetwyler's latest version of the Collage layout system.
The winning raffle ticket is drawn on the final day of the annual ACGG/Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) combined Exhibition, naming the lucky winner.
There are no set academic qualifications required to become an engraver although the majority have an arts and crafts background.
Some of the bark beetles will be very much affected by rain, mostly the engraver beetles,'' Merrill said.
Did that drought also trigger an outbreak of pinon engraver beetle, which destroyed a critical food source?
Our master artist and chief engraver, Paul Lantuch, is a virtuoso whose experience spans over 30 years.
At station four, a CNC controlled engraver marks the casting with a unique tracking number.
He was understandably unable to get any engraver to make copies of his patriotic paintings in England, to which he returned for medical care on his eye in 1808 and where he was stranded until the War of 1812 ended in 1815.
His contributions to the gravure industry include many innovative technologies for cylinder preparation, including the Polishmaster, the Gravostar Series engravers, the Laserstar laser engraver and the Digilas laser imager.
NoteHeads Musical Expert Systems, a new music notation software company, has recently released Igor Engraver 1.
Wheel cutting, the most efficient method for cutting tough varieties of quartz, used a tiny engraving disk at the end of an axle, which the engraver powered with the sawing motion of a bow.
The engraver would silk-screen the company's name and location and engrave the model name and number.