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.

1660–70; < Dutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen to dot, derivative of stip dot

stippler, noun
unstippled, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
stipple (ˈstɪpəl)
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
4.  the technique of stippling or a picture produced by or using stippling
[C18: from Dutch stippelen, from stippen to prick, from stip point]

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Word Origin & History

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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Medical Dictionary

stippling stip·pling (stĭp'lĭng)

  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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Example sentences
In response to the furor, artists began to avoid forbidden images or conceal them under dotting, stippling and cross-hatches.
Use hatching, crosshatching, and stippling to create texture.
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.
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