dapple


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dapple

mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse; to mark with spots
Not to be confused with:
dabble – spatter or splash; undertake an activity casually: dabble in politics

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 ?
Sancho hastened to his Dapple, and embracing him he said, "How hast thou fared, my blessing, Dapple of my eyes, my comrade?" all the while kissing him and caressing him as if he were a human being.
Dapple has been neutered and he is good in a home with cats.
First up at village dances; game, when teenage girls lead Dapple across a packed football stadium at kick-off, his exuberance is catching.
Yesterday officers renewed their appeal for help tracing a silver Ford Fiesta seen in Dapple Heath Avenue around the time of the incident.
Officers were called to the scene shortly after shots were fired at the house and witnesses saw a silver Ford Fiesta leaving Dapple Heath Avenue.
On the showground last week, the supreme champion from more than 500 entries in the horse and pony classes was Claire Johns on her magnificent 9-year-old dapple grey hunter, Sky II, standing at 17.2 hh.
For the second week in succession the Emmett Butterly-ridden Dapple Dawn came out the right side of a tight finish as she lasted home to defeat Imco Tendence in the 7f handicap.