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1. A sheet, as of plastic or cardboard, in which a desired lettering or design has been cut so that ink or paint applied to the sheet will reproduce the pattern on the surface beneath.
2. The lettering or design produced with such a sheet.
3. The process of printing with such a sheet.
tr.v. sten·ciled, sten·cil·ing, sten·cils or sten·cilled or sten·cil·ling
1. To mark with a stencil.
2. To produce by stencil.

[From Middle English stencelled, adorned brightly, from Old French estenceler, to adorn brightly, from estencele, spark, from Vulgar Latin *stincilla, alteration of Latin scintilla, spark.]

sten′cil·er n.
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1. A method of producing images or letters from sheets of cardboard, metal, or other materials from which images or letters have been cut away.
2. A method of transfering a design by painting through shapes cut in a thin sheet of metal, paper or similar material. Stencils can be used for tiny designs, such as initials or small sunflower motifs, or for giant designs suitable for decorating an entire room.
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