transitive verb \ˈsti-pəl\

: to draw or paint small dots on (something)

stip·pledstip·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STIPPLE

:  to engrave by means of dots and flicks
a :  to make by small short touches (as of paint or ink) that together produce an even or softly graded shadow
b :  to apply (as paint) by repeated small touches
:  speckle, fleck
stip·pler \-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of STIPPLE

  1. <the sunlight falling through the lace curtain stippled her face>

Origin of STIPPLE

Dutch stippelen to spot, dot
First Known Use: circa 1762

Rhymes with STIPPLE



Definition of STIPPLE

:  production of gradation of light and shade in graphic art by stippling small points, larger dots, or longer strokes; also :  an effect produced in this way

First Known Use of STIPPLE


Rhymes with STIPPLE


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