from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.
- n. A spot or blotch of color.
- n. A variegated pattern, as on marble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To mark with spots of different color, or shades of color, as if stained; to spot; to maculate.
- n. a distinguishing blotch of color
- n. mottled coloration or pattern
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To mark with spots of different color, or shades of color, as if stained; to spot; to maculate.
- n. A mottled appearance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mark with spots or blotches of different colors or shades of color; blotch; variegate; cloud.
- n. The pattern or arrangement of spots and cloudings forming a mottled surface, especially in marble or in the natural veining of wood.
- n. One of the spots or blotches which together constitute a mottling.
- n. plural See diseased butter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
- v. mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
- n. an irregular arrangement of patches of color
The characteristic markings on mahogany are "mottle," which is also found in sycamore, and is conspicuous on the backs of fiddles and violins, and is not in itself valuable; it runs the transverse way of the fibres and is probably the effect of the wind upon the tree in its early stages of growth.
"mottle" behavior in the image generated by CMOS active pixel sensor devices.
Or invent an anxious axolotl whose gross debilitating mottle ...
The old mottle was fat cat fundraising, a small number of large contributions from rich people and special interests.
Lowland Greater Mindanao is home to endangered mammals also found in other parts of the Philippines, including the golden-capped fruit bat (Acerodon jubatus) and the mottle-winged flying-fox (Pteropus leucopterus) (found on Luzon and Dinagat).
Deep crimson stains mottle the pages of humanity's history.
The skin on his face looks oniony, translucent, and large splotches of gray mottle the greenish hue.
She stood there weeding with a tiny trowel, her figure slightly warped and distorted by the mottle of the glass.
The hover's smooth skin had taken on the discoloration of the fireground, an ugly mottle of gray and brown and black.
The river, visible through wisps of steam, moved powerfully, its might channeled within the cliff-sided chasm, slate-gray in the early light, the sun not yet able to mottle its turbulent surface with splotches of pale green and white.