pho·​to·​li·​thog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌfō-tō-li-ˈthä-grə-fē How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \

Definition of photolithography

1 : lithography in which photographically prepared plates are used
2 : a process involving the photographic transfer of a pattern to a surface for etching (as in producing an integrated circuit)

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Other Words from photolithography

photolithograph \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˈli-​thə-​ˌgraf How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \ noun or transitive verb
photolithographic \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \ adjective
photolithographically \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of photolithography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Cookie Dough Design Process All chip design comes down to virtually the same process called photolithography. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's Largest Computer Chip," 27 Aug. 2019 The chip-building industry has been talking about using EUV photolithography—light with a wavelength of 13.5nm, compared to the 193nm ultraviolet in use today—since the late 1990s. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Extreme UV chip defects may force a new approach to processor design," 27 Feb. 2018 This mechanism was manufactured using photolithography and has been openworked to achieve of total weight of less than a tenth of a gram. Jon Bues,, "Think Watches Are Boring? This $68,000 Masterwork Begs to Differ," 13 Sep. 2017 Affymetrix spun out of Affymax in 1993 on the strength of Fodor's idea to use photolithography manufacturing to cram many nucleotide probes onto a small chip. Brian Alexander, WIRED, "Biopoly Money," 1 June 2000

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First Known Use of photolithography

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of photolithography was in 1856

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“Photolithography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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