thin film


Definition of thin film 

: a very thin layer of a substance on a supporting material especially : a coating (as of a semiconductor) that is deposited in a layer one atom or one molecule thick

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All of that will be controlled from a color dash screen (TFT, or thin film transistor liquid crystal display, also similar to what Ducati uses). Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Goes Public," 6 Nov. 2018 Pour a thin film of olive oil into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Repertoire: Asparagus With Walnut Crema and Fried Eggs," 2 May 2018 Recent tests suggest that the thin film would reflect up to 30 percent of UV light falling upon the water’s surface, helping keep the water at just the right temperature for the reef below. Amanda Campanaro /, NBC News, "Can this ultra-thin 'sunscreen' save the world's largest coral reef?," 5 Apr. 2018 His favorite tool in this effort is yuba, the thin film that forms on the top of boiling soy milk. Sarah Bennett,, "O.C.-based vegan Mexican pop-ups are having a moment right now," 5 Apr. 2018 The thin film is meant to be like an umbrella that partially blocks out the sun. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Floating Sunscreen-Like Film Could Protect the Great Barrier Reef," 27 Mar. 2018 Lightly coat a sheet of plastic wrap with a thin film of sunflower (or vegetable) oil, and place it directly over the batter. Domenica Marchetti,, "How to make fried Sicilian St. Joseph's Day treat called sfince," 16 Mar. 2018 That explains his signature dessert, called Banksy: a thin film of smoked yogurt and chamomile cream in the shape of the famous street artist (yes, it’s made with a stencil). New York Times, "Lake Como for a New Generation of Cool Kids," 28 Dec. 2017 The number of touch-screen liquid-crystal displays using thin film transistors installed in new vehicles globally will grow to 200 million units by 2022, nearly double the number in 2016, according to IHS Markit. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "In Car Makers’ Digital Dash, Little Room for Error," 27 Mar. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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