from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A postimpressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes.
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- n. In art, the use of small areas of color to construct an image.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A method of painting in which luminosity is produced by laying on the colors in points or dots which are blended by the eye, invented by French impressionists; a form of impressionism. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer's eye; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers late in 19th century France
- n. a genre of painting characterized by the application of paint in dots and small strokes; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th century France
French pointillisme, from pointiller, to paint small dots, stipple, from Old French *pointille, engraved with small dots, from point, point, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)