stipple

verb
stip·​ple | \ ˈsti-pəl How to pronounce stipple (audio) \
stippled; stippling\ ˈsti-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce stippling (audio) \

Definition of stipple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to engrave by means of dots and flicks
2a : to make by small short touches (as of paint or ink) that together produce an even or softly graded shadow
b : to apply (something, such as paint) by repeated small touches

stipple

noun

Definition of stipple (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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Other Words from stipple

Verb

stippler \ ˈsti-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce stippler (audio) \ noun

Examples of stipple in a Sentence

Verb the sunlight falling through the lace curtain stippled her face
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kenturah Davis’ 2015 self-portrait was made using an ink stippling technique. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "130 artworks at the Atheneum tell the truth about the black American experience. Here are 8 of them.," 22 Oct. 2019 The terrifying time was stippled with the ordinary and the joyous. BostonGlobe.com, "Now, at 94, her work is the subject of a solo show, her first ever, at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.," 11 Oct. 2019 Curliss recommends the following Colorblends varieties, available at colorblends.com: Flamenco Queen: Big white blooms brushed and stippled with red. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trumpet-shaped amaryllis is big, beautiful and easy to grow," 26 Sep. 2019 Compare stippling the pages with water spots, unable to put your arms down, with balancing an ashtray on the rim of the tub, unable to put one arm down. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 The sedan’s rear driver’s door was stippled with multiple bullet holes, and both windows on that side were shot out. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "2 men shot in East Garfield Park," 14 Sep. 2019 Kardashian mixed the two products together on the back of her hand with a Kabuki brush and then quickly stippled it all over her face. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Tried Khloé Kardashian’s Easy Trick for Glowy Skin," 16 Aug. 2019 Mills, who performed the autopsy, said test firing results from 6 inches most closely resembled the gunpowder stippling pattern on Chase Fleischauer’s head, but the lack of soot found in the wound more closely resembled the test from 9 inches. Mike Longaecker, Twin Cities, "New Richmond, Wis., man found guilty in fatal shooting of 19-year-old son," 13 June 2019 The researchers’ base shows up as a small huddle of buildings; surrounding it, hundreds of Maya structures stipple the ground in every direction. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 26-year-old tenor saxophonist has set most of these original compositions at a medium-fast tempo, and her saxophone stipples and scampers, gesturing toward the influence of the alto saxophonist Steve Lehman. New York Times, "The Playlist: John Mayer Laments the Friend Zone, and 11 More New Songs," 11 May 2018 Pro Tip: To quickly cover dark circles, stipple (a.k.a. Amber Kallor, Marie Claire, "The Foundation Mistake Almost All Women Make," 28 Apr. 2017 A third left an entrance wound surrounded by gunpowder stipple at the base of his skull and an exit wound in his left cheek. John Branch, New York Times, "Behind Kevin Durant’s Jersey Number, a Cold-Blooded Murder," 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of stipple

Verb

circa 1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stipple

Verb

Dutch stippelen to spot, dot

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of stipple was circa 1762

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stipple

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of stipple

: to draw or paint small dots on (something)

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