stipple

If you stipple something, that means you add tiny dots of color or texture, such as using a special painting tool to stipple a plain wall with dots of a different color to make it look more interesting.

The verb stipple came into English from the Dutch word stippelen, meaning "to spot or dot.” Artist stipple paint onto their canvases and from the distance, the dots look like a field of flowers. You can also stipple metal, by poking it with a tool that creates little circular dents — that look like dots — to give it an artistic look.

Definitions of stipple
  1. verb
    engrave by means of dots and flicks
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    type of:
    engrave, etch
    carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
  2. verb
    apply (paint) in small dots or strokes
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    type of:
    paint
    make a painting
  3. verb
    make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink
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    paint
    make a painting
  4. verb
    produce a mottled effect
    “The sunlight stippled the trees”
    synonyms: speckle
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    type of:
    cloud, dapple, mottle
    colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
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