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etched in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; not subject to any amendment or alteration. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet etched in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
See also: etch, stone

etch (something) in(to) (something)

To cut something, such as a design or message, into some material or surface. Here, use this to try to etch your name into the glass.
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be etched on (one's) heart

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just etched on my heart—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: etch, heart, on

be etched on (one's) memory

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just etched on my memory—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: etch, memory, on

be etched on (one's) mind

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just etched on my mind—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: etch, mind, on

cast in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; not subject to any amendment or alteration. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet cast in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
See also: cast, stone

etch something in(to) something

 and etch something in
to erode a design or message into something, usually with acid. They etched their family crest into their good crystal. He etched in his initials.
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cast in stone

Also, etched in stone. Definite, fixed, as in We may choose to stay longer-our plans aren't cast in stone, or When Carl sets an agenda you can safely assume it's etched in stone. Both expressions allude to sculpture, with the first, from the early 1500s, using the verb cast in the sense of pouring and hardening some material into a final form, and the second cutting or corroding a permanent design.
See also: cast, stone

be etched on your ˈheart/ˈmemory/ˈmind

be something that you will never forget because it affected you so strongly: The image of their son holding up the championship trophy would be etched on their memories forever.
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6 Damp-mop the floor with water and dishwashing liquid to neutralize the liquid etcher.
2) El Camino Real's Katie Etcher, left, celebrates her lone goal with teammate Lindsey Forte while Chatsworth's Kishi Smith sloshes away.
College and we expect to win, but we still have to take it one game at a time,'' Etcher said.
The Mask Etcher V(TM) combines all the right process technologies with material solutions providing cost-effective, viable options to address constantly evolving market dynamics.
We seek a complete turn-key, standalone Ion Beam Etcher capable of very accurate etching of thin, nanometer-scale structures.
The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds is seeking tenders for a reactive ion etcher specifically aimed at vertical etching of III-V semiconductor materials.
The company was given the award for its efforts in supplying Intel with semiconductor capital equipment, litho track, dry etcher, surface preparation cleaning systems, diffusion furnace and wafer probers.
The unique ability of our advanced 6540 etcher to handle difficult-to-etch materials makes it an ideal choice for wireless device makers worldwide," said Steve Selbrede, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Tegal Corporation.
The company was given the award for its efforts in supplying Intel with litho track, dry etcher, cleaning systems, diffusion furnaces and wafer probers.
Equipment includes EV Group's spin/spray coater, mask aligner, wafer bonder, UV Imprint and hot-embossing equipment, an STS Deep Si Etcher, technotrans' electroplating system for stamp manufacturing of nanotechnology, and a Raith E-Beam Lithography System for nano-patterning.
By its attempt to translate and transpose the somewhat useful French term peintre-graveur into the medium of etching, the publication is already in trouble, since some fine etchers were seldom, if ever, painters.
Hitachi High Technologies manufactures plasma etchers, electron microscopes, PFC abatement systems, SIMOX implanters and other wafer processing equipment.
Compared to standard 4-chamber metal etchers, the Opus AdvantEdge delivers 50% better critical dimension (CD) uniformity, a 2x faster strip rate with enhanced corrosion resistance, and 50% higher throughput - while still maintaining a standard etch bay footprint.
TDX will initially be applied to TEL etchers and will centralize the EES functionality of the same type of equipment.