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stencilnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsten·səl/
a ​piece of ​flatmaterial 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
verb [T]  us   /ˈsten·səl/
The back of the ​chair was painted ​solidblack with ​designs stenciled in ​gold.
(Definition of stencil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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stencilnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsten.səl/  us   /ˈsten.səl/
a ​piece of ​card, ​plastic, ​metal, etc. into which ​shapes have been ​cut, used to ​draw or ​paintpatterns onto a ​surface
a ​picture made by ​drawing or ​painting through the ​holes in such a ​piece of ​card, etc. onto a ​surface: She did a stencil of a ​rainbow on her daughter's ​bedroomwall.

stencilverb [T]

uk   /ˈsten.səl/  us   /ˈsten.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to ​draw or ​paint something using a stencil
(Definition of stencil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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