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stipple (v.)

"paint with dots," 1670s, from Dutch stippelen "to make points," frequentative of stippen "to prick, speckle," from stip "a point," perhaps ultimately from PIE root *st(e)ig- "pointed" (see stick (v.)), or from *steip- "to stick, compress." Related: Stippled; stippling.

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Definitions of stipple

stipple (v.)
engrave by means of dots and flicks;
stipple (v.)
make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink;
stipple (v.)
apply (paint) in small dots or strokes;
stipple (v.)
produce a mottled effect;
The sunlight stippled the trees
Synonyms: speckle
From wordnet.princeton.edu