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stipple

[stip-uh l] /ˈstɪp əl/
verb (used with object), stippled, stippling.
1.
to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches.
noun, Also, stippling
2.
the method of painting, engraving, etc., by stippling.
3.
stippled work; a painting, engraving, or the like, executed by means of dots or small spots.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Dutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen to dot, derivative of stip dot
Related forms
stippler, noun
unstippled, adjective
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Examples from the web for stippling
  • In response to the furor, artists began to avoid forbidden images or conceal them under dotting, stippling and cross-hatches.
  • Only a few conditions are known to cause this feature, which is called basophilic stippling.
  • The presence of stippling can indicate how far the muzzle of the gun was from the skin surface.
  • Responsibilities may also include completing difficult and artistic decorating work such as graining, marbling and stippling.
  • These deposits around a bullet wound in cases of close-range fire are referred to as smudging and tattooing or stippling.
  • Use hatching, crosshatching, and stippling to create texture.
British Dictionary definitions for stippling

stipple

/ˈstɪpəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to draw, engrave, or paint using dots or flecks
2.
to apply paint, powder, etc, to (something) with many light dabs
3.
to give (wet paint, cement, etc) a granular effect
noun
4.
the technique of stippling or a picture produced by or using stippling
Derived Forms
stippler, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch stippelen, from stippen to prick, from stip point
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Word Origin and History for stippling

stipple

v.

1670s, from Dutch stippelen "to make points," frequentative of stippen "to prick, speckle," from stip "a point," probably ultimately from PIE root *st(e)ig- "pointed" (see stick (v.)).

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stippling in Medicine

stippling stip·pling (stĭp'lĭng)
n.

  1. A speckling of a blood cell or other structure with fine dots when exposed to a basic stain as a result of the presence of free basophil granules in the cell protoplasm.

  2. The orange-peel appearance of normal gums.

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