soft' ground'

1. an etching ground usually mixed with tallow. Cf. hard ground.
2. a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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