Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to pointillism.
  • adj. Minutely detailed or particularized: a pointillistic short story; pointillistic piano music.

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  • adj. Having a style marked by using many small, distinct points of color to form an image
  • adj. Having the minimalistic, analytical character associated with pointillism

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  • adj. of or relating to pointillism

Etymologies

From Pointillism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But Foals songs were likely to spend far more time in pointillistic guitar counterpoint – a tangle turned into a syncopated grid – before the vocals arrived.

    CMJ Music Marathon: Artful Yelps and Tidal Waves of Sound - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • It was a nearly perfect set that ended with "Johnny Come Lately," which began with the rousing melody rearranged into a contrapuntal, pointillistic pattern with bass support from Peter Washington, and centering around a percussion solo by Dana Hall.

    Classic Sounds

  • Under Esa-Pekka Salonen's leadership, it gained considerable skills in executing sharply gauged, pointillistic effects, so important in Gallic orchestral works.

    Rodney Punt: A Glowing Roméo et Juliette -- Charles Dutoit with the LA Philharmonic in Berlioz

  • Gosfield's contribution has been to capture and organize, with her pointillistic montages, the precise colors, energies and consequences of the world of function as unintentional but beautiful form.

    Rodney Punt: Annie Gosfield in Concert -- The Industrial Age Goes Avant-Garde

  • The catch is that only your "followers" automatically receive these pointillistic communiqués, so the more followers you have, the more (theoretically) influential you are.

    Me And My 39,000 Friends

  • The harp part is still largely a Salzedo homage, but sparse and pointillistic where "Bariolage" is dense and virtuosic (to make another jazz analogy, if "Bariolage" is Art Tatum, Mosaic is Count Basie), while the instrumental groups that form the ensemble, three winds and four strings, tend to function as self-contained groups, tiling in the music in reference to the title.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Then she changed the way of putting paint on canvas, arriving at almost a pointillistic type of technique.

    Mela Muter.

  • In fact lavish, almost pointillistic detail seems to power her project.

    Books

  • Still, Rosen thinks there's an outside chance that Miss Hathaway might sprout into a good pointillistic-detail justice, like Lewis Powell.

    Sealed with a Kiss: James Wolcott

  • In fact, the Bush camp was hoping that Gore would be lured into focusing on such pointillistic, issue-by-issue attacks in search of individual nodes of votes.

    Ready For Their Close-Up

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