• WordNet 3.6
    • v dapple colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
    • n dapple a small contrasting part of something "a bald spot","a leopard's spots","a patch of clouds","patches of thin ice","a fleck of red"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dapple Marked with spots of different shades of color; spotted; variegated; as, a dapple horse.☞ The word is used in composition to denote that some color is variegated or marked with spots; as, dapple-bay; dapple-gray. "Some dapple mists still floated along the peaks.""His steed was all dapple -gray.""O, swiftly can speed my dapple -gray steed."
    • n Dapple One of the spots on a dappled animal. "He has . . . as many eyes on his body as my gray mare hath dapples ."
    • v. t Dapple To variegate with spots; to spot. "The gentle day, . . . Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray.""The dappled pink and blushing rose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dapple A spot; a dot; one of a number of various spots, as on an animal's skin or coat.
    • n dapple A dappled horse.
    • dapple Marked with spots; spotted; variegated with spots of different colors or shades of color: as, a dapple horse.
    • dapple To spot; variegate with spots.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dapple dap′l marked with spots
    • v.t Dapple to variegate with spots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. depill, a spot, a dot, a dog with spots over the eyes, dapi, a pool, and E. dimple,


In literature:

So that here was a fine team of six dappled mouse-grey horses.
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault
Now, notice him there riding away from us into the woods on a small-sized dapple grey.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Accordingly, at the time above specified, our adventurers, each mounted on a dapple gray, set out for Chimney Rock.
"Little Wolf" by M. A. Cornelius
He watched a flight of leaves dapple the pool with the insignia of autumn.
"What Rough Beast?" by Jefferson Highe
Indeed, not so much as a whaup came near me on that great, wide, dappled hill.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
The sidewalks were boldly patterned with a stencilling of black leaves and a milky dappling of electric light.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
Let your tears in sorrow roll Like the rain that ust to dapple up the old swimmin'-hole.
"The Old Soldiers Story" by James Whitcomb Riley
But in this instance the dappled giants had too long a start.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
They're them big French dappled gray ones.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
It was such fun to eat from a plate dappled with little sun-flecks.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives

In poetry:

Maytime, loveliest season,
Loud bird-parley, new growth green,
Ploughs in furrow, oxen yoked,
Emerald sea, land-hues dappled.
"Sadness in Spring" by Anonymous British
'She said to me: If in your heart
There is of love a single ray,
Then bring to me within three days
Almaskhiti's dappled gray'.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Oh, the charm of idle dreaming
Where the dappled shadows dance,
All the leafy aisles are teeming
With the lure of old romance!
"The Forest Path" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The dappled herd of grazing Deer
That sought the Shades by day,
Now started from her path with fear,
And gave the Stranger way.
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
WHY does my Anna toss her head,
And look so scornfully around,
As if she scarcely deign'd to tread
Upon the daisy-dappled ground?
"The Gaudy Flower" by Ann Taylor
Recall his figure, and his shade-
How deftly planned and clearly
For slithering through the dappled glade
Unseen, or pretty nearly.
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

There are four small rooms and a bathroom, plenty of chairs, tables and couches on which to lounge and a sun-dappled, sprawling front porch.
INTERVIEWS Best Coast's Sun- Dappled 'The Only Place' Video: Premiere.
Australian quintet Dappled Cities (formerly Dappled Cities Fly) perform their soaring, and often quite silly, experimental pop songs from "Granddance" live at KEXP.
Chimney rocks in a dapple of amber hues probably originated in even older deposits near Squaw Valley.
Twelve hundred years ago, a Mongol chieftain wrote a poem to celebrate his war horse Dapple.
The Times Magazine Dapples Sunlight On Its Memoirist .
Nebula hails from the sun-dappled wasteland that is Southern California, which, as everyone knows, serves as the headwaters of the great So-Cal Punk Shit River (insert retching noises here).
The following year, the dappled gray colt won the Wolverhampton St Leger, a race for 3-year-olds, along with three other races.
A blonde woman stands in her sun-dappled bathroom staring at a plastic stick.
Ripley (or may go by the name of Skylar now) is a 17 h gray dapple thoroughbred.
Tyke is a striking 6-month-old dapple Dachshund.
The large-format Ona Beige wall tiles have the weathered appeal of stone and the dappled texture of drifting sand.
There are few sounds more satisfying than the growl of the GT convertible 's engine bouncing off the trees on a sun-dappled afternoon.
Being a dapple dauchshund, her stricking markings were just eye catching.
After one successful session there's a sun-dappled shot of O'Brien looking up at the trees above him, and the look on his face is that of heartbreaking joy and a kind of plaintive nostalgia for what's already in the past.

In science:

Dappled photography: Mask enhanced cameras for heterodyned light fields and coded aperture refocusing.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects