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stipple

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verb stip·ple \ˈsti-pəl\

Definition of stipple

stippled

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stippling

play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to engrave by means of dots and flicks

  3. 2a :  to make by small short touches (as of paint or ink) that together produce an even or softly graded shadowb :  to apply (something, such as paint) by repeated small touches

  4. 3 :  speckle, fleck

stippler

play \-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of stipple in a Sentence

  1. the sunlight falling through the lace curtain stippled her face

Origin and Etymology of stipple

Dutch stippelen to spot, dot


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stipple

noun stip·ple

Definition of stipple

  1. :  production of gradation of light and shade in graphic art by stippling small points, larger dots, or longer strokes; also :  an effect produced in this way

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First Known Use of stipple

1837


STIPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

stipple

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Definition of stipple for English Language Learners

  • : to draw or paint small dots on (something)



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