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

  • n. A sheet, as of plastic or cardboard, in which a desired lettering or design has been cut so that ink or paint applied to the sheet will reproduce the pattern on the surface beneath.
  • n. The lettering or design produced with such a sheet.
  • n. The process of printing with such a sheet.
  • transitive v. To mark with a stencil.
  • transitive v. To produce by stencil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A utensil that contains a perforated sheet through which ink can be forced to create a printed pattern onto a surface.
  • n. A typeface looking as if made by the utensil.W
  • v. To print with a stencil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin plate of metal, leather, or other material, used in painting, marking, etc. The pattern is cut out of the plate, which is then laid flat on the surface to be marked, and the color brushed over it. Called also stencil plate.
  • transitive v. To mark, paint, or color in figures with stencils; to form or print by means of a stencil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark out or paint by means of a stencil.
  • n. A thin plate or sheet of any substance in which a figure, letter, or pattern is formed by cutting through the plate.
  • n. The coloring matter used in marking with a stencil-plate.
  • n. In ceramics, a preparation laid upon the biscuit to keep the oil used in transfer-printing or enameling from adhering to the surface; hence, the pattern traced by this preparation, reserving a panel or medallion of the unaltered color of the biscuit.
  • n. A door-post; a stanchion.

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

  • v. mark or print with a stencil
  • n. a sheet of material (metal, plastic, cardboard, waxed paper, silk, etc.) that has been perforated with a pattern (printing or a design); ink or paint can pass through the perforations to create the printed pattern on the surface below


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

From Middle English stencelled, adorned brightly, from Old French estenceler, to adorn brightly, from estencele, spark, from Vulgar Latin *stincilla, alteration of Latin scintilla, spark.



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