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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. stipes,
  2. stipitate,
  3. stipites,
  4. stipitiform,
  5. stipo,
  6. stippled,
  7. stippled epiphysis,
  8. stippling,
  9. stipulate,
  10. stipulation

Origin of stipple

1660–70; < Dutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen to dot, derivative of stip dot

Related formsstip·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 Formsstippler, noun

Word Origin for stipple

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

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Word Origin and History for stipple

stipple

v.

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.)).

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