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stencil

[ sten-suhl ]
/ 藞st蓻n s蓹l /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object), sten路ciled, sten路cil路ing or (especially British) sten路cilled, sten路cil路ling.
to mark or paint (a surface) by means of a stencil.
to produce (letters, figures, designs, etc.) by means of a stencil.
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Origin of stencil

1375鈥1425; earlier stanesile,late Middle English stansele to ornament with diverse colors or spangles <Middle French estanceler, derivative of estencele a spark, ornamental spangle <Vulgar Latin *stincilla, metathetic variant of Latin scintillascintilla

OTHER WORDS FROM stencil

sten路cil路er; especially British, sten路cil路ler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stencil

stencil
/ (藞st蓻nsl) /

noun
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
verb -cils, -cilling or -cilled or US -cils, -ciling or -ciled (tr)
to mark (a surface) with a stencil
to produce (characters or a design) with a stencil

Derived forms of stencil

stenciller, noun

Word Origin for stencil

C14 stanselen to decorate with bright colours, from Old French estenceler, from estencele a spark, from Latin scintilla
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