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

Examples of thin film in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most famous thin film firm, Solyndra, went bankrupt despite receiving a half-billion in US taxpayer money. Michael Shellenberger, Forbes, 19 May 2021 In a large ovenproof pot with a lid, heat a thin film of oil. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 May 2021 The end material includes thin film pieces and thick plastic filaments. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Apr. 2021 In a medium pan on low heat, add enough neutral oil to cover the bottom in a thin film. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2021 Wash the pan with water and dish detergent, and dry it to remove the thin film of surface grease. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2021 That's because the soap acts as a surface-active agent, or surfactant, and leaves behind a thin film that helps prevents fog. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2021 Other techniques, like making thin film materials for solar panels, require an ultra-pure environment to prevent imperfections. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 11 Nov. 2020 That hissing or grinding noise on some rainy or dewy mornings is often just the pads sweeping off a thin film of rust that formed on the iron discs, and that's perfectly normal. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of thin film

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Thin film.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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