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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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  • 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


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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