silk screen


: a stencil process in which coloring matter is forced onto the material to be printed through the meshes of a silk or organdy screen so prepared as to have pervious printing areas and impervious nonprinting areas
also : a print made by this process
silk-screen transitive verb

Examples of silk screen in a Sentence

artists who work in silk screen He decorated the office with paintings and silk screens.
Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the nine neutral hues recall a silk screen, stamped with mythological birds. Liana Schaffner, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 The 1964 work — a 40-square-inch acrylic and silk screen on linen — sold at Christie’s in New York for $195 million (hammer price plus buyer’s premium), the auction house reported. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 The front parlor contained only a Warholesque silk screen of Bill Clinton. Ian Volner, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 During the hearing, Hundley and others spoke of what Montgomery had accomplished in prison including his years of work at the prison's silk screen shop and the length of his stay. Rebecca Santana, ajc, 17 Nov. 2021 Their assortment reflects their contemporary and colorful style sensibilities in everything from tables and chairs to silk screen printings and light fixtures. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2021 In the type of move Crandall – who famously removed a single olive from salads to save money - would love, Fly bought its own silk screen printing machines. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The silk screen design permits the Andorian blue shade of wine to shine through, symbolizing the importance of blue spirits from the original Star Trek universe. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 More than four decades after his death, in 1976, Mao is still an international celebrity; one of Andy Warhol’s silk screens of Mao’s face recently sold for $12.6 million. Julian Gewirtz, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silk screen was in 1930

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“Silk screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

silk screen

: a method of printing in which a design is produced by forcing colored ink through a piece of fabric that has been treated so that the ink cannot pass through some parts
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