• WordNet 3.6
    • v stipple produce a mottled effect "The sunlight stippled the trees"
    • v stipple apply (paint) in small dots or strokes
    • v stipple make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink
    • v stipple engrave by means of dots and flicks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stipple (Paint) A mode of execution in which a flat or even tint is produced by many small touches.
    • n Stipple (Engraving) A mode of execution which produces the effect by dots or small points instead of lines.
    • Stipple To engrave by means of dots, in distinction from engraving in lines. "The interlaying of small pieces can not altogether avoid a broken, stippled , spotty effect."
    • Stipple To paint, as in water colors, by small, short touches which together produce an even or softly graded surface.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stipple To produce gradation in color or shade in (any material) by means of dots or small spots. See stippling.
    • n stipple In the fine arts, same as stippling.
    • n stipple In decorative art, an intermediate tone or color, or combination of tones, used to make gradual the passage from one color to another in a design.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Stipple stip′l to engrave or form by means of dots or small points, as distinguished from line-engraving
    • pr.p Stipple stipp′ling; pa.p. stipp′led
    • n Stipple a mode of execution in engraving and miniature-painting, in which the effect is produced by dots instead of lines: in colour-decoration, a gradation or combination of tones or tints serving as a transition between decided colours
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. stippelen, to make points, to spot, dot, from stippel, dim. of stip, a dot, spot


In literature:

The white facade opposite was densely stippled with red.
"When the Sleeper Wakes" by Herbert George Wells
Outside the car window was a glaze of darkness stippled with the gold of infrequent mysterious lights.
"Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis
The grass, the corn, the foliage of trees were stippled with intricate shadows.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
Bruce's snowy chest and black-stippled coat were fluffed out by many recent baths.
"Bruce" by Albert Payson Terhune
The finishing touch to their delicate beauty is the fine stippling all over the surface.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
The stippled line shows how I assume the ice to have lain; the heavy broken line shows what our course ought to have been.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
External surfaces are pitted; broken surfaces are coarsely stippled.
"A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas" by Theodore H. Eaton
First spermatocyte, anaphase; ordinary chromosomes stippled to show more clearly the metakinesis of the unequal pair.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
They'll probably stipple it up so that it doesn't show in the least.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Avoid any grayish stippling on the breast of the drake and also on the wing-bows.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
Stippling is one of the best substitutes for the half-tone.
"From Xylographs to Lead Molds; A.D. 1440-A.D. 1921" by H. C. Forster
I saw the lake, black, cold, with the stippled reflections of shore lights shining up from its edges.
"The Seven-Branched Candlestick" by Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
During the Perpendicular epoch the shading was stippled on with the end of a brush.
"Stained Glass Tours in England" by Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
His style was free and spirited, and he was one of the first English engravers to prove the merits of stipple engraving.
"Engraving for Illustration" by Joseph Kirkbride
The piece is struck in brass and has an edged and stippled border.
"American Military Insignia 1800-1851" by J. Duncan Campbell
Here were no tiny smooth surfaced stipplings, no delicate dottings of jewellery no faultless complexion, no plastered hair.
"A Prince of Dreamers" by Flora Annie Steel
Both finished their work in the open; and both stippled.
"Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning" by Willard Huntington Wright
Delicate but brilliant colouring, gold worked in stippled patterns and a careful modelling of the human features are its characteristics.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
Sometimes, but not always, the matt was stippled when wet, as may be seen in Plate XLII.
"Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France" by Hugh Arnold
So fine are these stipples, however, that the picture is to the eye perfectly reproduced.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In poetry:

by deracination—grunge,
hip-hop, Chinese takeout,
co-ops—while the globe's
elixir caters, year by year,
to the resurgence of this
climbing tentpole, frilled and stippled
"A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street" by Amy Clampitt
Dull grew their eyes, the beautiful, blithe garland
Of stipple faded, as light shocked the brain;
They were the first sweet sacrifice I tasted,
A young god, ignorant of the blood's stain.
"Song for Gwydion" by R S Thomas

In news:

Even though I've long since hardened against the charms of hummus, Arabesque 's silky, supple version comes stippled with whole chickpeas and cornichons, drizzled with olive oil and flecked with paprika.
Microskin is a liquid designed to be sprayed or stippled on to skin to completely cover birthmarks, port wine stains, or other conditions.
Microskin is a liquid designed to be sprayed or stippled on to skin to completely.
Today, PopSci salutes the Wall Street Journal and its hedcut engraver for finding the Venn-diagram sliver where David Bowie, Nikola Tesla , and stippled front-page portraits overlap.
The stippled texture appears to convey more information to the nerve endings in the sole of the foot than do smooth surfaces, he said, thereby giving athletes a better "feel" for the position of the foot on the ground.
With Stipple Inc, Rey Flemings allows online businesses to monetize their images through a unique.
The failures of the Bush presidency are not lost on the stipple portraitists at the Wall Street Journal.
Soothing out a stippled ceiling.

In science:

The small red islands on (or just outside) the second stippled ring are at the diameter of the outer support of the BUS on the cone.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
The BUS is also supported on the cone towards the center outside the inner stippled circle by about one fifth of the distance between the two stippled circles.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
We use stippled arrows to represent independence under the control regime e.
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview