- 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
Examples from the Web for stencilled
They knew that athwart the Khalifa's writ was stencilled "Made in Germany."The New World of Islam
It was oval in shape, and had a stencilled rim in a conventional design.Polly's Business Venture
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
A design is then stencilled on the four strips in lilac and green.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
The place she came from is stencilled on the boiler, and the foreman examines her.From Sea to Sea
When it was dear, many walls were stencilled or daubed over with a rude pattern.Knowledge is Power:
- 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 and History for stencilled
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.