Definitions for stepper
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stepper.
a professional dancer
stepper, stepping motornoun
a motor (especially an electric motor) that moves or rotates in small discrete steps
stepper, high steppernoun
a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground while walking or trotting
A person or animal that steps energetically or high.
A kind of electric motor (a stepper motor) that advances in steps rather than smoothly.
A device used in the manufacture of microcircuits to apply a photolithographic image repeatedly, at regular intervals (by imaging, moving a step and repeating).
A stepper is a device used in the manufacture of integrated circuits (ICs) that is similar in operation to a slide projector or a photographic enlarger. Stepper is short for step-and-repeat camera. Steppers are an essential part of the complex process, called photolithography, which creates millions of microscopic circuit elements on the surface of silicon wafers out of which chips are made. These chips form the heart of ICs such as computer processors, memory chips, and many other devices. The stepper emerged in the late 1970s but did not become widespread until the 1980s. This was because it was replacing an earlier technology, the mask aligner. Aligners imaged the entire surface of a wafer at the same time, producing many chips in a single operation. In contrast, the stepper imaged only one chip at a time, and was thus much slower to operate. The stepper eventually displaced the aligner when the relentless forces of Moore's Law demanded that smaller feature sizes be used. Because the stepper imaged only one chip at a time it offered higher resolution and was the first technology to exceed the 1 micron limit. The addition of auto-alignment systems reduced the setup time needed to image multiple ICs, and by the late 1980s, the stepper had almost entirely replaced the aligner in the high-end market. The stepper was itself replaced by the step-and-scan systems (scanners) which offered an additional order of magnitude resolution advance, and work by scanning only a small portion of the mask for an individual IC, and thus require much longer operation times than the original steppers. These became widespread during the 1990s and essentially universal by the 2000s. Today, step-and-scan systems are so widespread that they are often simply referred to as steppers.
A stepper is a type of device or mechanism that moves or controls a process in defined incremental steps. These can include stepper motors used in robotics and automation, which precisely turn a fraction of a full rotation at a time, or fitness equipment like step machines, which simulate the act of climbing stairs. The term 'stepper' can also refer to an individual who participates in step aerobics.
one who, or that which, steps; as, a quick stepper
A stepper is a device used in the manufacture of integrated circuits that is similar in operation to a slide projector or a photographic enlarger. Steppers are an essential part of the complex process, called photolithography, that creates millions of microscopic circuit elements on the surface of tiny chips of silicon. These chips form the heart of ICs such as computer processors, memory chips, and many other devices.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stepper is ranked #62903 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Stepper surname appeared 318 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stepper.
84.9% or 270 total occurrences were White.
5.3% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
4.4% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
4% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
The numerical value of stepper in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of stepper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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