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

1
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, adjective
  • lith·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·lith·o·graph·ic, adjective

Words Nearby lithography

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How to use lithography in a sentence

  • Beautifully illustrated throughout, with colored frontispiece done in lithography.

    The Blue Jar Story Book | Maria Edgeworth
  • Some artists experimented, but lithography did not pay while the anecdote in paint fetched a fortune.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • lithography, appropriated by commerce, was almost forgotten as a means of artistic expression.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • And since then no incautious British artists or critics have dared to tamper with Senefelder's definition of lithography.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • The colored plates are reproduced in the highest style of chromo-lithography from Mr. Thorburn's elaborate drawings.

British Dictionary definitions for lithography

lithography

/ (lɪˈθɒɡrəfɪ) /


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

Origin of lithography

1
C18: from New Latin lithographia, from litho- + -graphy

Derived forms of lithography

  • lithographer, noun

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