Definition of Stencil

1. Noun. 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.

Generic synonyms: Flat Solid, Sheet



2. Verb. Mark or print with a stencil.
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Print

Definition of Stencil

1. 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.

2. v. t. To mark, paint, or color in figures with stencils; to form or print by means of a stencil.

Definition of Stencil

1. Noun. A utensil that contains a perforated sheet through which ink can be forced to create a printed pattern onto a surface. ¹

2. Noun. A typeface looking as if made by the utensil.W ¹

3. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To print with a stencil. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stencil

1. to mark by means of a perforated sheet of material [v -CILED, -CILING, -CILS or -CILLED, -CILLING, -CILS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stencil

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stench
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stencil (current term)
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Literary usage of Stencil

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The design or pattern is cut out in a sheet of pasteboard or a thin plate of metal called a stencil, which is applied to whatever is to be marked. ..."

2. The Great Industries of the United States: Being an Historical Summary of by Horace Greeley (1872)
"THE stencil plate belongs to that class of mechanical contrivances which, like the screw, ... The stencil plate is a thin plate of wood, metal, leather, ..."

3. The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Woman's Work by Virginia Penny (1863)
"stencil Makers. A stencil-plate maker told me that cutting the plates could be done by women, ... There are very few stencil cutters in the South and West. ..."

4. Office Management, Its Principles and Practice: Covering Organization by Lee Galloway (1918)
"Making Up and Filing the stencil List The stencil list is usually made up from many ... In such cases the mailing clerk sorts out the stencil mail, ie, ..."

5. Office Management, Its Principles and Practice: Covering Organization by Lee Galloway (1918)
"Making Up and Filing the stencil List The stencil list is usually made up from many ... In such cases the mailing clerk sorts out the stencil mail, ie, ..."

6. The English Mechanic and World of Science (1889)
"The stencil sheet, which is a thin paper covered with paraffin, ... As the stylus passes over the stencil paper the latter is pressed down on the steel ..."

7. A Text-book on Plain Lettering by Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1895)
"54- stencil PLATES. stencil plates may be used to advantage in lettering maps or diagrams drawn to a large scale such as are frequently used for class-room ..."

8. The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Woman's Work. By Virginia Penny by Virginia Penny (1863)
"stencil Makers. A stencil-plate maker told me that cutting the plates could be done by women, ... There are very few stencil cutters in the South and West. ..."

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