lithography

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noun li·thog·ra·phy \li-ˈthä-grə-fē\

Definition of lithography

  1. 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. 2 :  the process of producing patterns on semiconductor crystals for use as integrated circuits

Origin and Etymology of lithography

German Lithuanianographie, from lith- + -graphie -graphy


First Known Use: 1813

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LITHOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners

lithography

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noun li·thog·ra·phy \li-ˈthä-grə-fē\

Definition of lithography for English Language Learners

  • : a method of printing from a flat surface (such as a smooth stone or a metal plate) that has been prepared so that the ink will only stick to the design that will be printed



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