poin·​til·​lis·​tic | \ ˌpȯin-tə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce pointillistic (audio) , ˌpwaⁿ(n)-tē-ˈyi-stik How to pronounce pointillistic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pointillist \ ˈpȯin-​tə-​list How to pronounce pointillistic (audio) , ˌpwaⁿ(n)-​tē-​ˈyēst How to pronounce pointillistic (audio) \

Definition of pointillistic

1 : composed of many discrete details or parts
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of pointillism or pointillists

Examples of pointillistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a power drill with varying sizes of bits to create an elegantly pointillistic design on your pumpkin…. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Pandemic Halloween party: Turning pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns with your pod…Plus snacks," 15 Oct. 2020 Printed on the front of certain legitimate N95 masks is a logo of sorts: a figure surrounded by a cloud of air particles, represented by tiny, pointillistic dots. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Underground Efforts to Get Masks to Doctors," 7 May 2020 Webber takes pointillistic dabs and flickers, volleys between trombone and piano, say, and conjures a solid rhythmic and melodic substance out of what at first sounds totally slippery and liquid. John Adamian, courant.com, "Anna Webber’s Septet playing at Firehouse 12," 17 Nov. 2019 Her approach, with a major policy released seemingly every other day, is pointillistic; her various plans—from breaking up big tech to re-energizing domestic manufacturing—creating a cutting critique of the status quo. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Winning the Battle of Ideas, But Could Still Lose the War," 10 June 2019 Her pieces were pointillistic and dizzying, defining odd meters and adding and subtracting notes to make the patterns endlessly flex and realign. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Moogfest, Electronics Stimulate Ears and Emotions," 21 May 2018 There also were paintings of Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia and even a pointillistic portrait of Boba Fett made with hundreds of black and white Stormtrooper and Darth Vader stickers. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands of 'Star Wars' fans flock to annual May the Fourth festival," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of pointillistic

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pointillistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointillistic. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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