a device for applying a pattern, design, words, etc., to a surface, consisting of a thin sheet of cardboard, metal, or other material from which figures or letters have been cut out, a coloring substance, ink, etc., being rubbed, brushed, or pressed over the sheet, passing through the perforations and onto the surface.
the letters, designs, etc., produced on a surface by this method.
to mark or paint (a surface) by means of a stencil.
to produce (letters, figures, designs, etc.) by means of a stencil.
- sten·cil·er; especially British, sten·cil·ler, noun
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How to use stencil in a sentence
You design the components of a chip—its wires and semiconductors—and then etch them into a series of “masks,” much as you make a stencil to put a pattern on a T-shirt.
Presently, the oldest known examples are some 40,000 years in age, consisting of paintings and hand stencils on Sulawesi island in Indonesia and in the El Castillo cave in Spain.Chinese Scientist Hopes to Conserve What May Be the World's Oldest Art | Chad de Guzman | October 19, 2021 | Time
All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history.
Gordon picked up a pair secondhand and began to stencil then onto blank canvases with spray paint.Kim Gordon: Going Solo After Sonic Youth, and Why She Identifies With ‘Girls’ | Andrew Romano | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But their main gripe is the stencil-welding spray painter is not actually part of the graffiti world.
As the microbes moved toward the light to carry out photosynthesis, they projected the image of the stencil.
A Banksyesque stencil of Einstein carries a sign bearing the most unBanksyesque: message LOVE IS THE ANSWER.
Long time the girl sat absorbed, her golden colour, her brown-gold hair in harmony with the universal stencil of gold.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Next lay the stencil in a small shallow dish and pour a small quantity of fresh nitric acid over it.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
The stencil may be given a final cleaning in a dish of benzine or gasoline, which will remove any remaining wax.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
A stencil was cut and copied, and for many days Bouginier's nose appeared on all the walls in Paris.Vie de Bohme | Orlo Williams
Each slight projection makes a hole in the paper, and then the stencil idea begins again.Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele
British Dictionary definitions for stencil
a device for applying a design, characters, etc, to a surface, consisting of a thin sheet of plastic, metal, cardboard, etc in which the design or characters have been cut so that ink or paint can be applied through the incisions onto the surface
a decoration, design, or characters produced in this way
to mark (a surface) with a stencil
to produce (characters or a design) with a stencil
- stenciller, noun
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