transitive verb-·ciled or -·cilled, -·cil·ing or -·cil·ling
Origin of stencilfrom Middle English stansilen, to ornament with spangles from Old French estenceler from estencele, spangle, spark from Vulgar Latin an unverified form stincilla, for Classical Latin scintilla, spark: see scintillate
- a thin sheet, as of paper, metal, or impermeable film, with holes cut through in the shape of letters or designs: when ink, paint, etc. is spread over the stencil, the letters or designs are marked on the surface beneath
- a pattern, design, letter, etc. made by stenciling
- 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.
- The lettering or design produced with such a sheet.
- The process of printing with such a sheet.
transitive verbsten·ciled, sten·cil·ing, sten·cils, or sten·cilled sten·cil·ling
- To mark with a stencil.
- To produce by stencil.
Origin of stencilFrom Middle English stencelled adorned brightly from Old French estenceler to adorn brightly from estencele spark from Vulgar Latin stincilla alteration of Latin scintilla spark
(third-person singular simple present stencils, present participle Commonwealth stencilling, US stenciling, simple past and past participle Commonwealth stencilled, US stenciled)
- (intransitive) To print with a stencil.