lithography

[li-thog-ruh-fee]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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
Related formslith·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
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lithography

noun
  1. 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 Formslithographer, noun

Word Origin for lithography

C18: from New Latin lithographia, from litho- + -graphy
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Word Origin and History for lithography
n.

1813, from German Lithographie (c.1804), coined from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). 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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