dapple

noun
dap·​ple | \ ˈda-pəl How to pronounce dapple (audio) \

Definition of dapple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous usually cloudy and rounded spots or patches of a color or shade different from their background
2 : the quality or state of being dappled
3 : a dappled animal

dapple

verb
dappled; dappling\ ˈda-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dappling (audio) \

Definition of dapple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with dapples

intransitive verb

: to produce a dappled pattern sun dappling through trees

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Examples of dapple in a Sentence

Noun

the clouds threw dapples of shadow over the eerily quiet street

Verb

sunlight dappled the canopy of vines over our heads

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

White Anemone japonica dapple Achnaterum brachytrichum, an ethereal plume whose downy flower heads, Mr. Quibel noted, glitter in the early morning dew. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "Fall’s Best Blade Plans," 5 Oct. 2018 As the butter melts, begin to season it: let a few sprinkles of rosemary dapple the foaming butter, a few pinches of salt, and a grind or two of pepper. Talia Lavin, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Pâté at Home and Be a Person Who Eats Liver," 15 May 2017 Missing dog: Shadow, a black-and-dapple Aussie-Shepard mix with dark brown eyes and weighing about 50 pounds is missing and was last seen June 14 near West Street and Morse Road in Berea. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Berea, Midpark football trophy vanishes: Around The Town," 16 June 2017 The sun streams through the multicolored leaves of oak trees and dapples thousands of alumni and fans in patches of light and shade. Matthew Davis, The Atlantic, "'America's Deaf Team' Tackles Identity Politics," 10 May 2017 As the butter melts, begin to season it: let a few sprinkles of rosemary dapple the foaming butter, a few pinches of salt, and a grind or two of pepper. Talia Lavin, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Pâté at Home and Be a Person Who Eats Liver," 15 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With each turn of the watercolor-dappled page comes a new and slightly larger dinosaur to disconcert the one before. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Into the Wild With a Dog Named Bo," 26 July 2018 And yet there are, dappled among the many celebrities who refuse to log off, a small number who shine like a beacon in the darkness. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 The result: brown or gray-brown patches that start to dapple your skin, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Should Know About Melasma, Those Random Dark Spots on Your Face," 27 Aug. 2018 With a seamless blend of the everyday and the visionary, Read’s imagined conversation with a bereaved neighborhood child travels a path dappled by wonder and sorrow. Laura Read, New York Times, "Poem: PENTECOST," 5 July 2018 The historic downtown is dappled with aging buildings -- some in disrepair, others just worn out -- and historic landmarks. Bob Rountree, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Levy County: Get away from it all, and enjoy the clams, on remote Cedar Key," 6 May 2018 These understory trees will fry in full sun, so grow them in morning sun or all-day dappled light. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 On a drizzly day in China’s Sichuan Province, Ami Vitale sat on a mountainside clad in a black and white panda suit, dappled with panda urine and feces. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think," 21 May 2018 Despite the hardships endured by the characters, nearly every shot seems dappled with nostalgia. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Bag of Marbles,’ a Tale of Brothers Fleeing From Nazis," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dapple

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for dapple

Noun

Middle English dappel-gray, adjective, gray marked with spots of another color

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dapple

verb
dap·​ple | \ ˈda-pəl How to pronounce dapple (audio) \
dappled; dappling

Kids Definition of dapple

: to mark or become marked with rounded spots of color a dappled horse

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