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stencil (n.)

1707, not recorded again until 1848, probably from Middle English stencellen "decorate with bright colors," from French estenceler "cover with sparkles or stars, powder with color," from estencele "spark, spangle" (Modern French étincelle), from Vulgar Latin *stincilla, metathesis of Latin scintilla "spark" (see scintilla).

stencil (v.)

"to produce a design with a stencil," 1861, from stencil (n.). Related: Stenciled; stenciling (1781 as a verbal noun).

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Definitions of stencil from WordNet
1
stencil (v.)
mark or print with a stencil;
2
stencil (n.)
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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