from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw, engrave, or paint in dots or short strokes.
- transitive v. To apply (paint, for example) in dots or short strokes.
- transitive v. To dot, fleck, or speckle: "They crossed a field stippled with purple weeds” ( Flannery O'Connor).
- n. A method of drawing, engraving, or painting using dots or short strokes.
- n. The effect produced by stippling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the use of small dots that give the appearance of shading; the dots thus used
- v. to use small dots to give the appearance of shading
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To engrave by means of dots, in distinction from engraving in lines.
- transitive v. To paint, as in water colors, by small, short touches which together produce an even or softly graded surface.
- n. A mode of execution which produces the effect by dots or small points instead of lines.
- n. A mode of execution in which a flat or even tint is produced by many small touches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce gradation in color or shade in (any material) by means of dots or small spots. See stippling.
- n. In the fine arts, same as stippling.
- n. In decorative art, an intermediate tone or color, or combination of tones, used to make gradual the passage from one color to another in a design.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink
- v. engrave by means of dots and flicks
- v. apply (paint) in small dots or strokes
- v. produce a mottled effect
Dutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen, to speckle, from stip, dot, from Middle Dutch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)