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 dotRelated formsstip·pler, nounun·stip·pled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stippling
Historical Examples of stippling
The best colour we reach is got by stippling; but this not quite right.
Stippling and hatching are applied to the flesh and to the folds of the draperies.
After the stippling the graining may be done in oil by wiping out.
Stippling and hatching is the going over our work with dots or crossed lines.
Stippling: more or less as shading or value effect or border.
British Dictionary definitions for stippling
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
Derived Formsstippler, noun
the technique of stippling or a picture produced by or using stippling
Word Origin for stipple
C18: from Dutch stippelen, from stippen to prick, from stip point
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Word Origin and History for stippling
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
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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