stipple

[ stip-uh l ]
/ ˈstɪp əl /

verb (used with object), stip·pled, stip·pling.

to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches.

noun Also stip·pling.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM stipple

stip·pler, nounun·stip·pled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stipple

stipple
/ (ˈstɪpəl) /

verb (tr)

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

noun Also: stippling

the technique of stippling or a picture produced by or using stippling

Derived forms of stipple

stippler, noun

Word Origin for stipple

C18: from Dutch stippelen, from stippen to prick, from stip point
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