I. transitive verb (stippled; stippling) Etymology: Dutch stippelen to spot, dot Date: circa 1762 1. to engrave by means of dots and flicks 2. a. to make by small short touches (as of paint or ink) that together produce an even or softly graded shadow b. to apply (as paint) by repeated small touches 3. speckle, fleckstippler noun II. noun Date: 1837 production of gradation of light and shade in graphic art by stippling small points, larger dots, or longer strokes; also an effect produced in this way

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(by dots, instead of lines)

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  • Stipple — Stip ple, Stippling Stip pling, n. (Engraving) A mode of execution which produces the effect by dots or small points instead of lines. [1913 Webster] 2. (Paint.) A mode of execution in which a flat or even tint is produced by many small touches.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stipple — Stip ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stippled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stippling}.] [D. stippelen to make points, to spot, dot, from stippel, dim. of stip a dot, spot.] 1. To engrave by means of dots, in distinction from engraving in lines. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stipple — (v.) 1670s, from Du. 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 (Cf. stick) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stipple — vb *spot, spatter, sprinkle, mottle, fleck, marble, speckle, spangle, bespangle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stipple — ► VERB 1) mark (a surface) with numerous small dots or specks. 2) produce a decorative effect on (paint or other material) by roughening its surface when wet. ► NOUN ▪ the process, technique, or effect of stippling. ORIGIN Dutch stippelen to… …   English terms dictionary

  • stipple — [stip′əl] vt. stippled, stippling [Du stippelen < stippel, a speckle, dim. of stip, a point, akin to stippen, to prick: for IE base see STIFF] 1. to paint, draw, engrave, or apply in small points or dots rather than in lines or solid areas 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • stipple — UK [ˈstɪp(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms stipple : present tense I/you/we/they stipple he/she/it stipples present participle stippling past tense stippled past participle stippled to make a pattern of small marks on a surface …   English dictionary

  • stipple — n. [D. stippelen, to spot] Numerous circles or dots; shading effects produced by dots, circles or small marks …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • stipple — stippler, n. /stip euhl/, v., stippled, stippling, n. v.t. 1. to paint, engrave, or draw by means of dots or small touches. n. Also, stippling. 2. the method of painting, engraving, etc., by stippling. 3. stippled work; a painting, engraving, or… …   Universalium

  • stipple — 1. noun the use of small dots that give the appearance of shading; the dots thus used 2. verb to use small dots to give the appearance of shading …   Wiktionary

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