- to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches.
- the method of painting, engraving, etc., by stippling.
- stippled work; a painting, engraving, or the like, executed by means of dots or small spots.
Origin of stipple
1660–70; < Dutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen to dot, derivative of stip dot
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Examples from the Web for stipple
The student will notice in particular the stipple effect in the reproduction.
The stipple manner of engraving was a curious development of the art.Engraving for Illustration
She wanted to know the difference between a mezzotint and a stipple print.One Man in His Time
This shows the stipple effect in the face and drapery, and a broken line effect in the background.
The foregoing illustration is the first or ground work for the stipple effect produced by the aid of the fingers.
- to draw, engrave, or paint using dots or flecks
- to apply paint, powder, etc, to (something) with many light dabs
- to give (wet paint, cement, etc) a granular effect
- the technique of stippling or a picture produced by or using stippling
C18: from Dutch stippelen, from stippen to prick, from stip point
Word Origin and History for stipple
1670s, from Dutch stippelen "to make points," frequentative of stippen "to prick, speckle," from stip "a point," probably ultimately from PIE root *st(e)ig- "pointed" (see stick (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper