stencil

noun
sten·​cil | \ ˈsten(t)-səl How to pronounce stencil (audio) \

Definition of stencil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an impervious material (such as a sheet of paper, thin wax, or woven fabric) perforated with lettering or a design through which a substance (such as ink, paint, or metallic powder) is forced onto a surface to be printed
2 : something (such as a pattern, design, or print) that is produced by means of a stencil
3 : a printing process that uses a stencil

stencil

verb
stenciled or stencilled; stenciling or stencilling\ ˈsten(t)-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce stencil (audio) \

Definition of stencil (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark or paint with a stencil
2 : to produce by stencil

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Verb

stenciler or stenciller \ ˈsten(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce stencil (audio) \ noun

Examples of stencil in a Sentence

Noun The walls of the living room had a delicate vine stencil drawn on them. Verb We stenciled the room's walls.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ikea’s Hemnes shoe cabinet, easily made more stylish by changing the hardware, or adding color and pattern with stencil or even wallpaper. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Nozawa worked with decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga to create a custom stencil set for the walls of this space. David Nash, House Beautiful, 14 May 2021 The cream will help transfer the stencil Sarah's using as the foundation of her mother's tattoo onto her skin. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2021 Also on the table were old tomato peelers used by workers, a stencil that was used for labeling and a black and white photo of Bish, his mom and other employees working in the factory. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 7 Apr. 2021 Utilising nail tape or a stencil tool can help carve out nail salon-quality edges from home. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 22 Dec. 2020 In this work, the text makes the eye shudder with a stencil motif that includes the blue as part of the lettering. John Zotos, Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2021 But the stencil paintings that appeared in New Orleans in 2008 are broadly attributed to the internationally renowned artist. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 27 Dec. 2020 In fact, according to Appleton's Instagram, the upcoming video features Lopez in a few different hairstyles, including a blunt, platinum bob with a floral hair stencil printed over the top. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Someone should stencil that on a plaque so Isa Grullon can add that to the wall in her newspaper office. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Feb. 2021 Portland police plan to stencil large 3-digit numbers on officers' helmets by Nov. 15 to help people more easily identify officers during protests. oregonlive, 17 Oct. 2020 Rich with hues of mustard, cherry, and clay, the house is stenciled floor to ceiling and lavishly draped in Turkish rugs, ornate golden frames, and painted tile hearths. National Geographic, 8 May 2020 These are the faces that appear on placards at protests, the portraits that are stenciled in spray paint, the names that stand for the far more numerous unnamed. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 These are the faces that appear on placards at protests, the portraits that are stenciled in spray paint, the names that stand for the far more numerous unnamed. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Create an accent wall, stencil a pattern, or bring shabby furniture back to life with a DIY painting project. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, 31 Mar. 2020 DeWine's first job was stenciling seed bags, painting fences and loading trucks for the family business. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, 18 Mar. 2020 These are the faces that appear on placards at protests, the portraits that are stenciled in spray paint, the names that stand for the far more numerous unnamed. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of stencil

Noun

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stencil

Noun

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

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The first known use of stencil was in 1707

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“Stencil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stencil. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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stencil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stencil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

stencil

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stencil (Entry 2 of 2)

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

stencil

noun
sten·​cil | \ ˈsten-səl How to pronounce stencil (audio) \

Kids Definition of stencil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of material (as a sheet of paper or plastic) that has lettering or a design cut out and is used as a guide (as in painting or drawing)
2 : a pattern, design, or print produced with a stencil

stencil

verb
stenciled or stencilled; stenciling or stencilling

Kids Definition of stencil (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to mark or paint with a stencil I stenciled a box with designs.
2 : to produce with a stencil Stencil the number on the paper.

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