thin film


  1. a film of material only a few microns thick, deposited on a substrate, as in the technology for making integrated circuits.



  1. (of an electronic component, device, or circuit) composed of one or more extremely thin layers of metal, semiconductor, etc, deposited on a ceramic or glass substrate

    thin-film capacitor

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  • thin-film adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of thin film1

First recorded in 1955–60
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Example Sentences

She has used the technique to develop nanoparticles and thin films for targeted drug delivery.

They heated a thin film of water using a laser and then rapidly cooled the liquid.

A hard court, like the ones at the U.S. Open, consists of a thin film of acrylic over an asphalt base.

Heat a griddle or nonstick pan, then add a thin film of vegetable oil.

First a thin film of black carbon is produced round the metal, then the latter appears in the form of a filigree of silver.

Lubricate the embossed cams in the cam housing with a thin film of vaseline every fifty hours of actual running.

The object to be marked should first be warmed and coated very thoroughly with a thin film of paraffin wax.

The first and smallest of the lichen family spread and decay into a thin film of soil.

They each contain a thin film of yellow clay deposited by the water with which they were filled.





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