[ li-thog-ruh-fee ]
/ lɪˈθɒg rə fi /


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).

Origin of lithography

From the New Latin word lithographia, dating back to 1700–10. See litho-, -graphy

OTHER WORDS FROM lithography

lith·o·graph·ic [lith-uh-graf-ik] /ˌlɪθ əˈgræf ɪk/, lith·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivelith·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·lith·o·graph·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for 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

Derived forms of lithography

lithographer, noun

Word Origin for lithography

C18: from New Latin lithographia, from litho- + -graphy
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