- 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 stencilling
Historical Examples of stencilling
You will find that stencilling is the most delightful of the home crafts.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
"I don't know who's to finish the stencilling in Va," said Kathleen Wilcox.Loyal to the School
Florence, will you get the oil-paints that we use 286 for stencilling?Winona of the Camp Fire
What with repoussé work and stencilling and chip carving, I hardly ever get half an hour to enjoy a book.The Madcap of the School
To go back a bit, the earliest method of coloring paper hangings was by stencilling.Old Time Wall Papers
Katherine Abbott Sanborn
- 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
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.