• WordNet 3.6
    • v stencil mark or print with a stencil
    • n stencil a sheet of material (metal, plastic, cardboard, waxed paper, silk, etc.) that has been perforated with a pattern (printing or a design); ink or paint can pass through the perforations to create the printed pattern on the surface below
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stencil A thin plate of metal, leather, or other material, used in painting, marking, etc. The pattern is cut out of the plate, which is then laid flat on the surface to be marked, and the color brushed over it. Called also stencil plate.
    • v. t Stencil To mark, paint, or color in figures with stencils; to form or print by means of a stencil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stencil To mark out or paint by means of a stencil.
    • n stencil A thin plate or sheet of any substance in which a figure, letter, or pattern is formed by cutting through the plate. If the plate thus cut is placed upon a surface and rubbed with color or ink, the pattern or figure will be marked on the underlying substance. For many purposes, the letters, etc., are cut through completely; for transferring a pattern, as in embroidery, the lines of the pattern are often indicated by small holes. In wall-decoration, etc., both these plans are employed. Different stencils are often used in the same design, each for a different color.
    • n stencil The coloring matter used in marking with a stencil-plate.
    • n stencil In ceramics, a preparation laid upon the biscuit to keep the oil used in transfer-printing or enameling from adhering to the surface; hence, the pattern traced by this preparation, reserving a panel or medallion of the unaltered color of the biscuit.
    • n stencil A door-post; a stanchion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stencil sten′sil a plate of metal, &c., with a pattern cut out, which is impressed upon a surface by drawing a brush with colour over it
    • v.t Stencil to print or paint by means of a stencil:—pr.p. sten′cilling; pa.t. and pa.p. sten′cilled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from OF. estincelle, spangle, spark, F. étincelle, spark, L. scintilla,. See Scintillate, and cf. Tinsel


In literature:

To the stencil-plate chivalry of the lyrics of the ubiquitous F.E.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
I stencil cases in cargo holds!
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
The curtains were not down; but now, attached to the Flobert Rifle, was a stencilled card.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
It was oval in shape, and had a stencilled rim in a conventional design.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Stencil the organization designation on the lower half of the middle width of canvas in the back wall.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
When it is to be used with a stencil it must be made thicker than when it is used with a brush.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
All were tinted by hand, sometimes with the help of stencil plates, but more often by brush.
"Children's Books and Their Illustrators" by Gleeson White
They may possibly have been stenciled.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
Here's a suit of space fatigues with Nineteen's number stenciled inside.
"The Love of Frank Nineteen" by David Carpenter Knight
Why are stencil-like methods bad?
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
The walls were stenciled meanly with a large letter A surmounted by a crown.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
Make a stencil that will fit in one of these sections.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
This attractive plant is very common in our woods and furnishes an excellent stencil surface for drawing.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
If the parents are rich enough the stencils are destroyed, and the dress consequently becomes unique.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
Your stencil work's lovely.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Another class of methods involves the preparation of what are essentially stencils.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
The place she came from is stencilled on the boiler, and the foreman examines her.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Stencilling is another process by which portions of the leather forming the ornament are reserved from the dye used in colouring the ground.
"The Decoration of Leather" by Georges de Récy
Therefore I needed two stencils for every color shade.
"The Invention of Lithography" by Alois Senefelder
To do this, fine steel stencils or stamps are best used, the same as are used for fine leather work.
"The Progress of the Marbling Art" by Josef Halfer

In poetry:

Crystals encrusted,
Diamonds dusted
Line everything,
Tiny the stencillings
Are as the pencillings
On a moth's wing.
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Stand forth for God and liberty,
Stand forth for human rights;
In one strong effort, worthy thee,
Soul stenciled, be a light.
"Class Valedictorian" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Time's etching gives her tone of thought,
God's etching shows divinely bought
Soul stenciled by the spirit taught—
She's fix-ed.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Eastern village passed
A youth who bore, through dust and heat,
A stencil-plate, that read complete--"SAPOLIO."
"Excelsior" by Francis Bret Harte
His brow was sad, his mouth was dry;
It was the first day of July,
And where, all parched and scorched it hung,
These words was stenciled on his tongue:
"No beer, no work."
"No Beer, No Work" by Ellis Parker Butler
A wooden cross surveys my bones,
With on it stenciled: Peter Jones.
And round it are five hundred more;
(A proper job did old man War!)
So young they were, so fresh, so fit,
So hopeful - that's the hell of it.
"Two Graves" by Robert W Service

In news:

I purchased sizes 2 and 6 and found them useful with all sizes and shapes of stencils .
Stencils , mainly in the form of adhesive wall stencils (really more like stickers), have become all the rage in the past few years.
The signs are familiar around town: green with gold letters stenciled on them.
A Unicorn Stencil presentation in association with the Missouri History Museum.
Order stickers, stationery or a stencil to help you brand as many items as you can.
The stencil print by Dave Lowenstein shows Brownback with tears in his eyes and flames behind him.
The stencil print by Dave Lowenstein shows Brownback with tears in his eyes, with flames behind him.
Ganache Coating & Sugar Stencils.
Enlarge John Gomez/For The Jersey Journal Roses inserted into some of the stenciled letters of victims' names.
Kids can cut their own stencils from contact paper to make these pretty, painted pumpkin crafts.
One has a stenciled mark on the underside.
Surface area ratios (SAR) as low as 0.55 when used with the UltraSlic stencil technology.
After cutting, carefully and slowly separate the two sheets and your stencil is ready. / Free Printable Pumpkin Stencils.
Use these stencil patterns to create cute (or creepy) Halloween pumpkins that will surprise your guests.

In science:

As for the plot given below, we assume that a sphere is lit up by a stencil beam entering the sphere at the center of the image.
Surface Curvature Effects on Reflectance from Translucent Materials
Before each single level update from time tℓ to time tℓ + ∆tℓ , a ring of “ghost” cells sufficiently large to complete the stencils required to update valid-region data on each gridpatch is filled in.
Constrained-Transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive-Mesh-Refinement in CHARM
In the case of Bifrost , computing the derivatives or interpolating the variables uses a stencil of 6 grid points.
The stellar atmosphere simulation code Bifrost
The two possible solutions are to communicate the needed data to neighboring nodes every time it is needed, and the other is to supply each node with a number of “ghost cells” around its allocated subdomain so that the whole stencil used in for instance a derivative operator is present at the node that needs it.
The stellar atmosphere simulation code Bifrost
Here 1 ≤ k ≤ ne is a local index, counting the elements in the stencil, and j = j (k) is the mapping from the local index k to the global indexation of the elements in QΩ .
Very High Order $\PNM$ Schemes on Unstructured Meshes for the Resistive Relativistic MHD Equations
Note that during the reconstruction step, the polynomials wh are continuously extended over the whole stencil Si .
Very High Order $\PNM$ Schemes on Unstructured Meshes for the Resistive Relativistic MHD Equations
The number of elements in the stencils are chosen in such a way that the number of equations in (35) is larger that the number of degrees of freedom in the space Wh .
Very High Order $\PNM$ Schemes on Unstructured Meshes for the Resistive Relativistic MHD Equations
L and K are consistent stencil discretizations of the continuum differential operators L and K (note that L and K may involve powers of ∆t in general).
On the Accuracy of Finite-Volume Schemes for Fluctuating Hydrodynamics
D and wS are the deterministic and stochastic stencil widths.
On the Accuracy of Finite-Volume Schemes for Fluctuating Hydrodynamics
In the RK3 method, the diffusive components of the fluxes F D are calculated using classical face-centered second-order centered stencils to evaluate the are also generated at the faces of gradients of the fields at the cell faces.
On the Accuracy of Finite-Volume Schemes for Fluctuating Hydrodynamics
The stencil widths in Eq. (23) are wD = 6 (three stages with stencil width two each) and wS = 4, and there are Ns = 3 random numbers per cell per step (one per stage), with a general 3 × 3 covariance matrix CW .
On the Accuracy of Finite-Volume Schemes for Fluctuating Hydrodynamics
In higher dimensions it may be costly to compute ˆα over the whole domain, so a local Lax-Friedrichs method (where the maximum value of ˆα over the numerical stencil is used) can be used instead.
Numerical simulations of interfaces in relativistic hydrodynamics
We will apply the boundary condition to at least p + 1 “ghost” points extending from xI+1 to xI+p+1 , where p is the stencil size of the numerical method.
Numerical simulations of interfaces in relativistic hydrodynamics
Stencil computations consume a ma jor part of runtime in many scientific simulation codes.
Efficient multicore-aware parallelization strategies for iterative stencil computations
Stencil computations can be found at the core of many scientific and technical applications based on regular lattices.
Efficient multicore-aware parallelization strategies for iterative stencil computations