pointillistic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of or relating to pointillism.
- Minutely detailed or particularized: a pointillistic short story; pointillistic piano music.
Variant of pointillism
the method of painting of certain French impressionists, in which a white ground is systematically covered with tiny points of pure color that blend together when seen from a distance, producing a luminous effect
Origin: French pointillisme ; from pointiller, to mark with dots ; from pointille, dot ; from Italian puntiglio, diminutive of punto ; from Classical Latin punctus: see point