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

Related forms

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

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

stippler, noun

Word Origin for stipple

C18: from Dutch stippelen, from stippen to prick, from stip point
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Medicine definitions for stippling

stippling

[ stĭplĭng ]

n.

A speckling of a blood cell or other structure with fine dots when exposed to a basic stain as a result of the presence of free basophil granules in the cell protoplasm.
The orange-peel appearance of normal gums.
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