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stencil

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noun sten·cil \ˈsten(t)-səl\

Simple Definition of stencil

  • : a piece of paper, metal, etc., that has a design, letter, etc., cut out of it

  • : a design or a print that is made with a stencil

Full Definition of stencil

  1. 1 :  an impervious material (as a sheet of paper, thin wax, or woven fabric) perforated with lettering or a design through which a substance (as ink, paint, or metallic powder) is forced onto a surface to be printed

  2. 2 :  something (as a pattern, design, or print) that is produced by means of a stencil

  3. 3 :  a printing process that uses a stencil

Examples of stencil

  1. The walls of the living room had a delicate vine stencil drawn on them.



Origin of stencil

probably ultimately from Middle English stanseld brightly ornamented, from Anglo-French estencelé spangled, past participle of estenceler to sparkle, from estencele spark, from Vulgar Latin *stincilla, alteration of Latin scintilla


First Known Use: 1707


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stencil

transitive verb sten·cil

Simple Definition of stencil

  • : to make a design on something with a stencil : to use a stencil on (something)

Full Definition of stencil

sten·ciled or sten·cilledsten·cil·ing or sten·cil·ling play \-s(ə-)liŋ\

  1. 1 :  to mark or paint with a stencil

  2. 2 :  to produce by stencil

sten·cil·er or sten·cil·ler play \-s(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of stencil

  1. We stenciled the room's walls.



Circa 1828

First Known Use of stencil

circa 1828

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