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

Other Words from stencil

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 Make your lawn the most patriotic on the block by using grass-friendly spray paint and a DIY stencil to form decorative star decals. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 June 2022 To make: Use a premade star stencil—or cut your own out of thick craft paper—white acrylic paint, and a paintbrush to add an arrangement of stars to the outside of your container. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 June 2022 Many online stores offer the option to make your own stencil, which can be helpful for getting the lettering just right. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 June 2022 Then, starting with a little paint at a time, dab paint around the stencil with a foam brush. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 The prints were likely made by blowing red pigment through a hollow reed or bone over a hand used as a stencil. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 14 May 2022 Every stone-cut print, stencil, etching, lithograph or drawing produced here is community-owned. New York Times, 1 June 2022 White blazes are precisely two inches wide and six inches tall; maintainers even use a stencil to be sure the blazes all look the same. Karen Berger, Outside Online, 28 June 2021 Some companies decided to import stencil products from China, but that comes with its own sets of drawbacks, like shipping costs, transportation holdups and tariffs. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The idea for the T-shirt came from teammates Tim Weah and DeAndre Yedlin, who went to a kit manager the night before the game and asked him to stencil the slogan on a white T-shirt with a black Sharpie. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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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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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