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etched in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; not subject to any amendment or alteration. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet etched in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
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etch (something) in(to) (something)

To cut something, such as a design or message, into some material or surface. Here, use this to try to etch your name into the glass.
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be etched on (one's) heart

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just etched on my heart—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: etch, heart, on

be etched on (one's) memory

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just etched on my memory—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: etch, memory, on

be etched on (one's) mind

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just etched on my mind—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: etch, mind, on

cast in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; not subject to any amendment or alteration. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet cast in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
See also: cast, stone

etch something in(to) something

 and etch something in
to erode a design or message into something, usually with acid. They etched their family crest into their good crystal. He etched in his initials.
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cast in stone

Also, etched in stone. Definite, fixed, as in We may choose to stay longer-our plans aren't cast in stone, or When Carl sets an agenda you can safely assume it's etched in stone. Both expressions allude to sculpture, with the first, from the early 1500s, using the verb cast in the sense of pouring and hardening some material into a final form, and the second cutting or corroding a permanent design.
See also: cast, stone

be etched on your ˈheart/ˈmemory/ˈmind

be something that you will never forget because it affected you so strongly: The image of their son holding up the championship trophy would be etched on their memories forever.
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The self-portraits were brought together in "Rembrandt by Himself" (The Hague/London, 1999), and "Rembrandt's Women" (Edinburgh/ London, 2001) was the slightly coarse title given a fine selection of his depictions of women in paintings, drawings, and etchings.
Dry ICP plasma etching can deliver high silicon etch rates and uses a non-corrosive IC-compatible process chemistry.
Figure 6a shows a typical example after etching with 4% nital.
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chip manufacturers now worry they will indeed have to advance what is today only a cursory understanding of plasma etching.
Because this etching process can be done on a microscopic scale, one of its most promising applications is in microoptics, for creating large arrays consisting of thousands of tiny lenses, each as small as a micron in diameter.
Performance demonstrations conducted by Aviza on the Omega platform show that improved etch rates can be achieved in high aspect ratios without degrading the profile, CD control or ability to stop etching on oxide or metallic under layers.
The superior technology of the first Applied Centura AdvantEdge Etch system, designed for silicon etching, generated strong customer acceptance, with more than 50 chambers in the field since its introduction in July 2005.
We have been working with several types of high-K materials for many years and have unique, patented technology to address the many problems encountered in the etching of these devices.
Introduced in 2003, the Applied Centura Enabler Etch system features a novel high-frequency source and decoupled plasma design to provide broad tunability for etching the entire range of dielectric films used in the interconnect, including low k and FSG films.
The system offers short cycle time, versatility and high process performance in a small footprint for hydrophobic surface preparation, precision wet etching, megasonic energy-assisted cleaning and nitride etch-back and stripping.
Our market share gains in 2004 demonstrated increasing customer acceptance of our most advanced systems, especially for dielectric and silicon etching," said Dr.
The collected intensity trace is a combination of the interference pattern caused by the etching Si trench and that caused by the etching of the mask material.
Based upon AIT's newly confirmed patented technology, the advanced ELP framework leverages AIT's world-class selective Etching process, allowing tight integration of multiple I/Os into a reduced area.
The company's primary suites of equipment include electrochemical deposition systems for electroplating copper, gold, solder and other metals; surface preparation systems for cleaning, stripping and etching silicon wafers; and wafer transport container cleaning systems.