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dap·ple

 (dăp′əl)
n.
1.
a. Mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse's coat.
b. An individual spot.
2. An animal with a mottled or spotted skin or coat.
tr.v. dap·pled, dap·pling, dap·ples
To mark or mottle with spots.

[Back-formation from dappled.]

dap′ple adj.

dapple

(ˈdæpəl)
vb
to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle
n
1. mottled or spotted markings
2. (Colours) a dappled horse, etc
adj
(Colours) marked with dapples or spots
[C14: of unknown origin]

dap•ple

(ˈdæp əl)

n., adj., v. -pled, -pling. n.
1. a spot or mottled marking, usu. occurring in clusters.
2. an animal with a mottled skin or coat.
adj.
3. marked with spots; dappled: a dapple horse.
v.t., v.i.
4. to mark or become marked with spots of a different shade or color from the background.
[1545–55; probably back formation from dappled, late Middle English, probably < Scandinavian; akin to Old Norse depill spot]

dapple


Past participle: dappled
Gerund: dappling

Imperative
dapple
dapple
Present
I dapple
you dapple
he/she/it dapples
we dapple
you dapple
they dapple
Preterite
I dappled
you dappled
he/she/it dappled
we dappled
you dappled
they dappled
Present Continuous
I am dappling
you are dappling
he/she/it is dappling
we are dappling
you are dappling
they are dappling
Present Perfect
I have dappled
you have dappled
he/she/it has dappled
we have dappled
you have dappled
they have dappled
Past Continuous
I was dappling
you were dappling
he/she/it was dappling
we were dappling
you were dappling
they were dappling
Past Perfect
I had dappled
you had dappled
he/she/it had dappled
we had dappled
you had dappled
they had dappled
Future
I will dapple
you will dapple
he/she/it will dapple
we will dapple
you will dapple
they will dapple
Future Perfect
I will have dappled
you will have dappled
he/she/it will have dappled
we will have dappled
you will have dappled
they will have dappled
Future Continuous
I will be dappling
you will be dappling
he/she/it will be dappling
we will be dappling
you will be dappling
they will be dappling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dappling
you have been dappling
he/she/it has been dappling
we have been dappling
you have been dappling
they have been dappling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dappling
you will have been dappling
he/she/it will have been dappling
we will have been dappling
you will have been dappling
they will have been dappling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dappling
you had been dappling
he/she/it had been dappling
we had been dappling
you had been dappling
they had been dappling
Conditional
I would dapple
you would dapple
he/she/it would dapple
we would dapple
you would dapple
they would dapple
Past Conditional
I would have dappled
you would have dappled
he/she/it would have dappled
we would have dappled
you would have dappled
they would have dappled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dapple - a small contrasting part of somethingdapple - a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
marking - a pattern of marks
speck, pinpoint - a very small spot; "the plane was just a speck in the sky"
nebula - (pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
splash - a patch of bright color; "her red hat gave her outfit a splash of color"
worn spot, fret - a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
plaque - (pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
macule, macula - a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
mock sun, parhelion, sundog - a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals; "two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"
macula, sunspot - a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
facula - a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
facula - a bright spot on a planet
Verb1.dapple - colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
spot - mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition; "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
harlequin - variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"
speckle, stipple - produce a mottled effect; "The sunlight stippled the trees"

dapple

verb
To mark with many small spots:
Translations

dapple

[ˈdæpl] VTmotear a colores

dapple

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References in classic literature ?
But the first, who was a dapple gray, observing me to steal off, neighed after me in so expressive a tone, that I fancied myself to understand what he meant; whereupon I turned back, and came near to him to expect his farther commands: but concealing my fear as much as I could, for I began to be in some pain how this adventure might terminate; and the reader will easily believe I did not much like my present situation.
In trays of reds, greens, yellows and dapples Gerda's Spartan, Bramley and Sunset apples.
By day, the bamboo graphic becomes an eye-catching and simple form of sun-shading; by night, green light dapples through the interior to create the seductive and slightly surreal optical illusion of a luminous bamboo plantation sprouting in the heart of one of the world's densest cities.