from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A painter who follows the methods of pointillism.
  • Of or relating to pointillism or the pointillists; exhibiting pointillism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, pertaining to, or in the style of pointillism
  • noun An artist who paints in this style

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a painter who uses the technique of pointillism
  • adjective of or relating to pointillism


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