Definition of stencil in English:

stencil

Syllabification: sten·cil
Pronunciation: /ˈstensəl
 
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noun

1A thin sheet of cardboard, plastic, or metal with a pattern or letters cut out of it, used to produce the cut design on the surface below by the application of ink or paint through the holes.
More example sentences
  • It just takes a little glass paint and a stencil or template.
  • Many paint and craft stores sell pre-cut, reusable plastic stencils in a variety of patterns, such as leaves, ivy, flowers, etc.
  • In subsequent works, he created permutating, off-centered grids with spray paint applied through stencils.
1.1A design produced by a stencil: a floral stencil around the top of the room
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  • Smack dab in the middle of the canvas, an enormous silhouetted hen sits contentedly on her nest, framed by a field of radiant orange-on-orange floral stencils over a hot-pink background.
  • The plates were placed on a roof with stencils covering the positive areas of the portrait.
  • Or use border tiles to define a panel or tiled splashback, and then echo the motif as a stencil along the bottom edge of your table linen or roller blinds.

verb (stencils, stenciling, stenciled ; Britishstencils, stencilling, stencilled)

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1Decorate (a surface) with a stencil: the walls had been stenciled with designs (as noun stenciling) the art of stenciling
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  • Bluff Point, Spalding and Sunset Beach residents will have noticed roadside drains in their suburbs have been stencilled with the slogan ‘Water To The River’.
  • Set in the ceiling were small plaster panels with renditions of bookplates; the walls were stenciled with representations of bookbindings; and quotations about books embellished the broad wooden cornice.
  • Each panel is stenciled with a large date and a small text that provides an artist's name and the title of a work.
1.1Produce (a design) with a stencil: stencil a border around the door (as adjective stenciled) the stenciled letters
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  • They had printed in white stenciled letters their message on the inside of the leaf… which is silly because leaves fall with the outside upwards, so all the messages were obscured but one.
  • He had spent the day stenciling tiny Christmas trees along the border of the sign.
  • Shapes are stencilled onto coloured papers to make cut-outs, and onto photos, for cropping them into interesting shapes.

Origin

early 18th century: from earlier stansel 'ornament with various colors' (based on Latin scintilla 'spark').

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