li·​thog·​ra·​phy | \ li-ˈthä-grə-fē How to pronounce lithography (audio) \

Definition of lithography

1 : the process of printing from a plane surface (such as a smooth stone or metal plate) on which the image to be printed is ink-receptive and the blank area ink-repellent
2 : the process of producing patterns on semiconductor crystals for use as integrated circuits

Examples of lithography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gas, which is a byproduct of steel production, is used in a process called lithography. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2022 West’s effort is focused on lithography engineers in Intel’s Hillsboro factories, who number between 350 and 400. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Among the biggest concerns are supplies of several industrial gases used in semiconductor lithography, the process of etching silicon wafers to turn them into computer chips. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2022 The company specialized in metal lithography where designs were printed directly onto metal sheets. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 14 Feb. 2022 No, these aren’t the kind of prints created by simply opening the print dialogue on one’s computer, but artwork created through tedious processes of etching, woodblock printing, lithography, screen printing and more. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Jan. 2022 ASML Holding NV, one of Europe’s biggest players in the microchip sector, builds machines that make chips; an ASML lithography tool in final assembly in 2019. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Yoffie notes that only one company, ASML of the Netherlands, makes the extreme ultraviolet lithography machines needed for cutting-edge chip-making, and ASML can’t produce the machines quickly enough to satisfy demand. Will Knight, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 Gelsinger said two new innovations to its chip architecture, and new lithography technology, have enabled Intel to resume its rapid pace of technological breakthroughs. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lithography

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lithography

German Lithographie, from lith- + -graphie -graphy

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27 May 2022

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“Lithography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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