li·​thog·​ra·​phy | \li-ˈthä-grə-fē \

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

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So Intel must resort to multipatterning, a slow, exacting process that requires passing chips through the lithography process several times. Mike Rogoway,, "Intel hits a wall on Moore's Law; growth in computing power finally slows," 3 May 2018 Brown sold his thriving lithography company and headed out to see the sights, brush in hand. Christopher Knight,, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 Etching and lithography, which (respectively) use a metal plate and a combination of grease and water to create prints, are the original printmaking methods. Morgan Smith,, "Spudnik Press Cooperative hosts first annual Chicago Print Crawl this Sunday," 22 June 2018 At one point the Hoen lithography works — known for its expertise in producing works of vibrant color — turned out Topps baseball cards, National Geographic maps, Buffalo Bill Cody posters and the line of Dr. Seuss books. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: At former A. Hoen & Co. lithography plant, 'audacious' hope for East Baltimore," 21 Apr. 2018 His experience ranges from being employed locally in both lithography and screen-printing to design studios and advertising agencies. For Kdf, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby Festival Poster Series," 6 Feb. 2018 Their project, the reuse of an 85,000-square foot lithography plant, will become the Center for Neighborhood Innovation, with office, retail and event space. Dan Rodricks,, "Shocking developments in East Baltimore," 4 May 2018 The chipmaker blames its continuing woes on delays in a new production tool for extreme ultraviolet lithography, or EUV. Mike Rogoway,, "Intel hits a wall on Moore's Law; growth in computing power finally slows," 3 May 2018 His proposal anticipated how modern lithography sculpts tiny transistors and circuits for computer chips and makes CDs and DVDs. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "A Great Physicist’s Visions of a Future for Tiny Objects," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lithography

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lithography

German Lithuanianographie, from lith- + -graphie -graphy

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English Language Learners Definition of lithography

: 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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