Variant of stencil
Origin: < ME stansilen, to ornament with spangles < OFr estenceler < estencele, spangle, spark < VL *stincilla, for L 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
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