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mot·tle

 (mŏt′l)
tr.v. mot·tled, mot·tling, mot·tles
To mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.
n.
1. A spot or blotch of color.
2. A variegated pattern, as on marble.

[Probably back-formation from motley.]

mot′tler n.

mottle

(ˈmɒtəl)
vb
(Art Terms) (tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
n
1. (Art Terms) a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
2. (Art Terms) one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
[C17: back formation from motley]

mot•tle

(ˈmɒt l)

v. -tled, -tling,
n. v.t.
1. to mark with spots or blotches of different colors or shades.
n.
2. such a spot or blotch of color.
3. mottled coloring or pattern.
[1670–80; probably from motley]

mottle


Past participle: mottled
Gerund: mottling

Imperative
mottle
mottle
Present
I mottle
you mottle
he/she/it mottles
we mottle
you mottle
they mottle
Preterite
I mottled
you mottled
he/she/it mottled
we mottled
you mottled
they mottled
Present Continuous
I am mottling
you are mottling
he/she/it is mottling
we are mottling
you are mottling
they are mottling
Present Perfect
I have mottled
you have mottled
he/she/it has mottled
we have mottled
you have mottled
they have mottled
Past Continuous
I was mottling
you were mottling
he/she/it was mottling
we were mottling
you were mottling
they were mottling
Past Perfect
I had mottled
you had mottled
he/she/it had mottled
we had mottled
you had mottled
they had mottled
Future
I will mottle
you will mottle
he/she/it will mottle
we will mottle
you will mottle
they will mottle
Future Perfect
I will have mottled
you will have mottled
he/she/it will have mottled
we will have mottled
you will have mottled
they will have mottled
Future Continuous
I will be mottling
you will be mottling
he/she/it will be mottling
we will be mottling
you will be mottling
they will be mottling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mottling
you have been mottling
he/she/it has been mottling
we have been mottling
you have been mottling
they have been mottling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mottling
you will have been mottling
he/she/it will have been mottling
we will have been mottling
you will have been mottling
they will have been mottling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mottling
you had been mottling
he/she/it had been mottling
we had been mottling
you had been mottling
they had been mottling
Conditional
I would mottle
you would mottle
he/she/it would mottle
we would mottle
you would mottle
they would mottle
Past Conditional
I would have mottled
you would have mottled
he/she/it would have mottled
we would have mottled
you would have mottled
they would have mottled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mottle - an irregular arrangement of patches of color; "it was not dull grey as distance had suggested, but a mottle of khaki and black and olive-green"
color, coloring, colouring, colour - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
Verb1.mottle - mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
2.mottle - 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"

mottle

verb
To mark with many small spots: