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stip·ple / ˈstipəl/ • v. [tr.] (in drawing, painting, and engraving) mark (a surface) with numerous small dots or specks: [as n.] (stippling) the miniaturist's use of stippling. ∎  produce a decorative effect on (paint or other material) by roughening its surface when it is wet.• n. the process or technique of stippling a surface, or the effect so created.DERIVATIVES: stip·pler / ˈstip(ə)lər/ n.

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