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

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Cheaper and more efficient than the engravings that most printers relied upon, lithography offered artists more freedom to layer colors and images. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 What these unknown poster artists did in the Golden Age of Hollywood in the ‘30s and ‘40s were astounding because they were made with stone lithography, watercolors, oils and airbrushing. Phillip Valys,, "Reel art: Giant movie poster exhibit opening in West Palm Beach," 9 July 2019 By then, my father’s experience in lithography had landed him a job managing a plant for the Royal Blueprint Co. Marc Myers, WSJ, "When a Beach Boy First Tasted the Ocean," 17 July 2018 Géricault was one of the first French artists to make extensive use of the medium, in part because of lithography’s capacity to generate multiple images. M.j. Andersen, WSJ, "‘Mutiny: Works by Géricault’ Review: Equine Passions and Anxieties," 8 Sep. 2018 Forecasts that Intel will adopt extreme ultraviolet lithography technology, or EUV, later than expected and Globalfoundries putting a semiconductor program on hold have also dragged down ASML, which supplies equipment to both. WSJ, "European Equities Market Talk Roundup," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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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