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 stencilling (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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Other Words from stencil

Verb

stenciler or stenciller \ ˈsten(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce stenciller (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 Awesome created the stunning replica by using a paper stencil to get the shape just right, then set the design on top of a delicious cherry pie filling before adding an inscription to finish off the pie. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Patriotic Pies on Instagram You've Got to See to Believe," 25 June 2020 After the couple apparently called the police — who ended up complimenting Juanillo on his stencil work — Juanillo posted a recording of their interaction on Twitter. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: How reopening affected California’s coronavirus cases," 16 June 2020 There was no chanting or blocking traffic, although some used a stencil to spray paint an obscene phrase about the police onto their skateboards. Sasha Hupka, azcentral, "Dozens of skateboarders join Phoenix's 18th consecutive day of police protests Sunday," 14 June 2020 Using stickers, stencils and markers, the family of four (led by Sailor and Emerson) put together two large signs to brighten a neighbor’s day. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Watch JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Her Daughters Make 'Smile Signs' for Community amid Coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 The set includes colorful pieces of non-toxic and washable chalk, four stencils, a chalk holder, and a storage bucket. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "10 fun toys your kids will love using outside this spring," 14 Apr. 2020 The accompanying 3Doodler app has easy-to-follow stencils and design ideas and direct access to your social media accounts to post your creations. Popular Science, "3D pens that bring doodling into a new dimension," 15 Jan. 2020 Among her other creations are cotton flour sack towels with customized stencils denoting Wisconsin ($12). May Klisch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love of Wisconsin is on display in home decor items made by local artists," 7 Feb. 2020 Two 22-year-old college students were arrested and charged with spray-painting stencils that threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin’s life. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "College students charged with terrorism in Russia for anti-Putin graffiti," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 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, "In Harm’s Way," 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, "In Harm’s Way," 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, "5 Easy DIYs to Try This Week," 31 Mar. 2020 DeWine's first job was stenciling seed bags, painting fences and loading trucks for the family business. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Who is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine? 5 things to know," 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, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 The other finalists included a costume representing the Aqua Tower — a $25 white wedding dress that was stenciled with dark spray paint to portray the distinctive undulating balconies of the hotel and residential skyscraper. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Architects come to a party dressed as their skyscrapers and paint a picture of today’s high-rise scene," 31 Oct. 2019 Blue, yellow, and red wooden fixtures energize the room, stenciled florals embellish the cabinets, and the rounded archways of the home transport you into the whimsical and quirky world of Swift. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Biggest Revelation From 'Miss Americana' Is Taylor Swift's Maximalist Kitchen," 5 Feb. 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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Cite this Entry

“Stencil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stencil. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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stencil

noun
How to pronounce stencil (audio)

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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