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tr.v. scum·bled, scum·bling, scum·bles
1. To soften the colors or outlines of (a painting or drawing) by covering with a film of opaque or semiopaque color or by rubbing.
2. To blur the outlines of: a writer who scumbled the line that divides history and fiction.
1. The effect produced by or as if by scumbling.
2. Material used for scumbling.
[Possibly from scum.]
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(Art Terms) (in painting and drawing) to soften or blend (an outline or colour) with an upper coat of opaque colour, applied very thinly
1. (Art Terms) the upper layer of colour applied in this way
2. (Art Terms) the technique or effects of scumbling
[C18: probably from scum]
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v. -bled, -bling,
1. to soften (the color or tone of a painted area) by overlaying parts with opaque or semiopaque color applied thinly and lightly with an almost dry brush.n.
2. the act or technique of scumbling.
3. the effect produced by this technique.
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Past participle: scumbled
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|Noun||1.||scumble - the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture|
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