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stencil

noun [C]    /ˈsten·səl/
a piece of flat material in which shapes or letters have been cut out, so that when you paint or draw over it, images of the shapes or letters that have been cut out will be left on the surface below, or the patterns or letters made by this method stencil    /ˈsten·səl/ verb [T] The back of the chair was painted solid black with designs stenciled in gold.
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