- 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.
Origin of stencil
Related Words for stencilarrangement, trim, motive, diagram, figure, impression, instruction, ornament, guide, decoration, device, plan, mold, original, stencil, template
Examples from the Web for stencil
Contemporary Examples of stencil
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’
April 10, 2014
As the microbes moved toward the light to carry out photosynthesis, they projected the image of the stencil.The Deadliest Art Ever
May 31, 2010
A Banksyesque stencil of Einstein carries a sign bearing the most unBanksyesque: message LOVE IS THE ANSWER.The Art of 'Mr. Brainwash'
February 18, 2010
Historical Examples of stencil
You should have a set of stencil letters and mark every battery you rebuild or repair.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Often, too, they were coloured by stencil plates or freely by hand.Wood-Block Printing
F. Morley Fletcher
When it is to be used with a stencil it must be made thicker than when it is used with a brush.One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed
C. A. Bogardus
Then the stencil had to be taken from the roller that the latter might be inked again.The Invention of Lithography
Only the parts unprotected by the stencil will take the colour.The Decoration of Leather
Georges de Rcy
- 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
Word Origin for stencil
Word Origin and History for stencil
1707, not recorded again until 1848, probably from Middle English stencellen "decorate with bright colors," from Middle French estenceler "cover with sparkles or stars, powder with color," from estencele "spark, spangle," from Vulgar Latin *stincilla, metathesis of Latin scintilla "spark."
"to produce a design with a stencil," 1861, from stencil (n.). Related: Stenciled; stenciling.