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Meaning of stencil

sten•cil

Pronunciation: (sten'sul), [key]
— n., v., -ciled, -cil•ing -cilled, -cil•ling.
—n.
  1. a device for applying a pattern, design, words, etc., to a surface, consisting of a thin sheet of cardboard, metal, or other material from which figures or letters have been cut out, a coloring substance, ink, etc., being rubbed, brushed, or pressed over the sheet, passing through the perforations and onto the surface.
  2. the letters, designs, etc., produced on a surface by this method.
—v.t.
  1. to mark or paint (a surface) by means of a stencil.
  2. to produce (letters, figures, designs, etc.) by means of a stencil.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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