- to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches.
- 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
Examples from the Web for stippling
The best colour we reach is got by stippling; but this not quite right.The Crown of Wild Olive
Stippling and hatching are applied to the flesh and to the folds of the draperies.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
After the stippling the graining may be done in oil by wiping out.Graining and Marbling
Stippling and hatching is the going over our work with dots or crossed lines.Where Art Begins
Stippling: more or less as shading or value effect or border.Mohave Pottery
Alfred L. Kroeber
- 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
Word Origin and History for stippling
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.)).
- 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.
- The orange-peel appearance of normal gums.