Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse's coat.
  • noun An individual spot.
  • noun An animal with a mottled or spotted skin or coat.
  • transitive verb To mark or mottle with spots.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To spot; variegate with spots.
  • noun A spot; a dot; one of a number of various spots, as on an animal's skin or coat.
  • noun A dappled horse.
  • Marked with spots; spotted; variegated with spots of different colors or shades of color: as, a dapple horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the spots on a dappled animal.
  • transitive verb To variegate with spots; to spot.
  • adjective Marked with spots of different shades of color; spotted; variegated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A mottled marking, usually in clusters.
  • noun An animal with a mottled or spotted skin or coat.
  • adjective Having a mottled or spotted skin or coat, dappled.
  • verb To mark or become marked with mottling or spots.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small contrasting part of something
  • verb colour with streaks or blotches of different shades

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Back-formation from dappled.]

Examples

  • -- [MS.M. erased.] [440] [For the use of "dapple" as an intransitive verb, compare

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  • With the right car, getting the sun to dapple your interior, the wind to blow through your hair and every other convertible cliché, is painless.

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  • They know him so well that at times they find it hard to distinguish where they end and Kenny begins, and will often simply lie around with Kenny in their shared Parisian loft apartment making enigmatic remarks and watching the sunlight dapple their skin as they bask in the intoxicating flush of intimacy.

    Has Kenny Dalglish taken Liverpool as far as he can?| Barney Ronay

  • They know him so well that at times they find it hard to distinguish where they end and Kenny begins, and will often simply lie around with Kenny in their shared Parisian loft apartment making enigmatic remarks and watching the sunlight dapple their skin as they bask in the intoxicating flush of intimacy.

    Has Kenny Dalglish taken Liverpool as far as he can?| Barney Ronay

  • What sodden indistinction just an hour ago had all but persuaded us not to regret resumes its first divisions: slate from cinder, ash from smoke, warm dapple-gray from moleskin, dove - from

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  • A pleasant dapple of sunlight peers through the blinds.

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  • What sodden indistinction just an hour ago had all but persuaded us not to regret resumes its first divisions: slate from cinder, ash from smoke, warm dapple-gray from moleskin, dove - from

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  • And that might have been the start of my career on ice if not for a certain dapple gray Arabian horse-cross Shetland pony named Shadow no relation to my cat.

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  • What sodden indistinction just an hour ago had all but persuaded us not to regret resumes its first divisions: slate from cinder, ash from smoke, warm dapple-gray from moleskin, dove - from

    Varenna

  • And that might have been the start of my career on ice if not for a certain dapple gray Arabian horse-cross Shetland pony named Shadow no relation to my cat.

    Welcome to My World

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