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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 for stipple
  • The latter are mapped as surficial material using stipple patterns over the plains materials.
  • Abandonments may be indicated by stipple or crosshatch shading.
  • Gunpowder stipple abrasions surrounding an entrance wound indicate that the shot was fired from within close range.
  • Decorated in three colors, with gold lines and heavy gold stipple.
  • In addition, lenses often employ deliberate methods to scatter the light such as frosting or stipple.
  • The area suitable for spawning at a high discharge is shown with a stipple pattern.
  • If desired, after mortar has initially hardened, stipple with a brush to give a weathered appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for stipple

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 stipple
stipple
1675, from Du. stippelen "to make points," freq. of stippen "to prick, speckle," from stip "a point," probably ult. from PIE base *st(e)ig- "pointed" (see stick (v.)).
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