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[stip-uh l] /ˈstɪp əl/
verb (used with object), stippled, stippling.
to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches.
noun, Also, stippling
the method of painting, engraving, etc., by stippling.
stippled work; a painting, engraving, or the like, executed by means of dots or small spots.
Origin of stipple
1660-70; < Dutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen to dot, derivative of stip dot
Related forms
stippler, noun
unstippled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stipple
Historical Examples
  • The student will notice in particular the stipple effect in the reproduction.

    Crayon Portraiture Jerome A. Barhydt
  • The stipple manner of engraving was a curious development of the art.

    Engraving for Illustration Joseph Kirkbride
  • She wanted to know the difference between a mezzotint and a stipple print.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • The land area is usually clearly distinguished from the water area by a tint or stipple.

    Nautical Charts G. R. Putnam
  • The stripes carmine, shaded with the same; indigo in the darkest parts, or stipple with it.

  • Take another art, that of stipple engraving printed in colours.

  • This shows the stipple effect in the face and drapery, and a broken line effect in the background.

    Crayon Portraiture Jerome A. Barhydt
  • stipple, a mode of engraving by dots instead of lines, each dot when magnified showing a group of small ones.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • But in the latter half of the century it was the practice to stipple it, so as to soften the edges and give it a granular texture.

  • Hugh Anderson, a Scot, did good line and stipple work in Philadelphia in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.

    Scotland's Mark on America George Fraser Black
British Dictionary definitions for stipple


verb (transitive)
to draw, engrave, or paint using dots or flecks
to apply paint, powder, etc, to (something) with many light dabs
to give (wet paint, cement, etc) a granular effect
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 stipple

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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