the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing.
a similar process in which a substance other than stone, as aluminum or zinc, is used. Compare offset ( def 6 ).

1700–10; < Neo-Latin lithographia. See litho-, -graphy

lithographic [lith-uh-graf-ik] , lithographical, adjective
lithographically, adverb
unlithographic, adjective Unabridged
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lithography (lɪˈθɒɡrəfɪ)
a method of printing from a metal or stone surface on which the printing areas are not raised but made ink-receptive while the non-image areas are made ink-repellent
[C18: from New Latin lithographia, from litho- + -graphy]

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Word Origin & History

1813, from Ger. Lithographie (c.1804), coined from Gk. lithos "stone" + graphein "write." The original printing surfaces were of stone. Process invented 1796 by Alois Senefelder of Munich (1771-1833). Hence, lithograph "a lithographic print," a back-formation first attested 1828. Earlier senses, now
obsolete, were "description of stones or rocks" (1708) and "art of engraving on precious stones" (1730).
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Example sentences
We're running into a barrier that we've run up against several times before: the limits of optical lithography.
Within two years, artists could study etching, lithography or woodblock at the league.
Production of the stamp is by a combination of engraving and lithography.
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