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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Recent Examples on the Web The teams belong to ASML Holding NV, which holds a de-facto monopoly on the industry of extreme ultraviolet lithography machines needed to make next-generation chips. Natalia Drozdiak,, "Shielded from Pandemic, Work Continues in World’s Cleanest Room," 13 May 2020 So for Intel’s forthcoming 7nm chip, the company is shifting to a new manufacturing tool known as extreme ultraviolet lithography, or EUV. oregonlive, "Corvallis startup Inpria lands $31 million to help build the next generation of computer chip," 20 Feb. 2020 Advances in commercial lithography and printing presses in the 1850s allowed a more complex palette. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Art of Posters," 11 Jan. 2020 The company is in the early stages of a multibillion-dollar construction binge in Oregon, Ireland and Israel to build capacity for new chips manufactured with a new production tool called extreme ultraviolet lithography. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Intel apologizes to customers for continued chip shortages," 20 Nov. 2019 Adding a third phase to the site will substantially increase capacity for Intel to makes its next generation of chip, which will require a huge new lithography tool. Mike Rogoway,, "Intel confirms $1 billion sale of modem business to Apple; outlook improves," 25 July 2019 Linotype was a mainstay for printing newspapers, magazines, books and even posters from the late 19th century through the 1980s, until it was replaced by phototypesetting, offset lithography printing and digital or computerized print. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: Hard to accept, but inevitable, so best to roll with life’s changes," 14 Sep. 2019 Felsen, who turns 95 next month, is co-founder, with the late Stanley Grinstein, of the artists workshop and fine art lithography publisher Gemini G.E.L., which opened its doors in 1966. Los Angeles Times, "Why the Getty Research Institute acquired Gemini G.E.L. co-founder Sidney B. Felsen’s photo archive," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Lithography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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