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stencil

noun sten·cil \ ˈsten(t)-səl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of stencil

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

Examples of stencil in a Sentence

  1. The walls of the living room had a delicate vine stencil drawn on them.

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Origin and Etymology of stencil

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

verb

Definition of stencil

stenciled or stencilled; stenciling or stencilling play \-s(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to mark or paint with a stencil
2 :to produce by stencil

stenciler

or stenciller play \-s(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of stencil in a Sentence

  1. We stenciled the room's walls.

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First Known Use of stencil

circa 1828


STENCIL Defined for English Language Learners

stencil

noun

Definition of stencil for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of stencil for English Language Learners

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


STENCIL Defined for Kids

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stencil

noun sten·cil \ ˈsten-səl \

Definition of stencil for Students

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

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stencil

verb

Definition of stencil for Students

stenciled or stencilled; stenciling or stencilling
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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