American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to pointillism.
- adj. Minutely detailed or particularized: a pointillistic short story; pointillistic piano music.
- adj. Having a style marked by using many small, distinct points of color to form an image
- adj. by extension Having the minimalistic, analytical character associated with pointillism
- adj. of or relating to pointillism
- From Pointillism (Wiktionary)
“But Foals songs were likely to spend far more time in pointillistic guitar counterpoint – a tangle turned into a syncopated grid – before the vocals arrived.”
“It was a nearly perfect set that ended with "Johnny Come Lately," which began with the rousing melody rearranged into a contrapuntal, pointillistic pattern with bass support from Peter Washington, and centering around a percussion solo by Dana Hall.”
“Under Esa-Pekka Salonen's leadership, it gained considerable skills in executing sharply gauged, pointillistic effects, so important in Gallic orchestral works.”
“Gosfield's contribution has been to capture and organize, with her pointillistic montages, the precise colors, energies and consequences of the world of function as unintentional but beautiful form.”
“The catch is that only your "followers" automatically receive these pointillistic communiqués, so the more followers you have, the more (theoretically) influential you are.”
“The harp part is still largely a Salzedo homage, but sparse and pointillistic where "Bariolage" is dense and virtuosic (to make another jazz analogy, if "Bariolage" is Art Tatum, Mosaic is Count Basie), while the instrumental groups that form the ensemble, three winds and four strings, tend to function as self-contained groups, tiling in the music in reference to the title.”
“Then she changed the way of putting paint on canvas, arriving at almost a pointillistic type of technique.”
“In fact lavish, almost pointillistic detail seems to power her project.”
“Still, Rosen thinks there's an outside chance that Miss Hathaway might sprout into a good pointillistic-detail justice, like Lewis Powell.”
“In fact, the Bush camp was hoping that Gore would be lured into focusing on such pointillistic, issue-by-issue attacks in search of individual nodes of votes.”
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