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 thin film is very effective at protecting items from liquid and dirt during transit. Kristin Hostetter, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2021 The polarized sunnies prevent you from squinting by reducing the amount of glare via a thin film on the lenses. Sanah Faroke,, 19 June 2022 Bianchi embedded the carbon frame with a razor-thin film, developed for the aerospace industry, to eliminate vibration. Axie Navas, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Exposing leaves to moisture has costs: even a thin film of water can block the flow of carbon dioxide into leaf openings called stomata, hindering photosynthesis. Ula Chrobak, Scientific American, 1 June 2022 The oil had dispersed across the surface of the pond, creating a thin film that impacted the way that the surfaces interacted with light. Suze Kundu, Forbes, 1 June 2022 The report notes that Samsung replaced the polarizer with a color filter on the thin film encapsulation (CF on TFE). Chris Smith, BGR, 10 May 2022 Enlarge / Light exiting an optical fiber and flowing through a thin film of soapy water. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2022 Argon gas atoms shoot the target, and copper falls onto the wafer to cover it in a thin film. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Thin film.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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