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noun pen·cil \ˈpen(t)-səl\

: an instrument used for writing and drawing that has a hard outer part and a black or colored center part

Full Definition of PENCIL

1
:  an artist's brush
2
:  an artist's individual skill or style
3
a :  an implement for writing, drawing, or marking consisting of or containing a slender cylinder or strip of a solid marking substance
b :  a small medicated or cosmetic roll or stick for local applications
4
:  a set of geometric objects each pair of which has a common property <the lines in a plane through a point comprise a pencil of lines>
5
:  something (as a beam of radiation) long and thin like a pencil

Examples of PENCIL

  1. Use a pencil instead of a pen so you can erase your mistakes.

Origin of PENCIL

Middle English pensel, from Anglo-French pincel, from Vulgar Latin *penicellus, alteration of Latin penicillus, diminutive of peniculus brush, from diminutive of penis tail, penis
First Known Use: 14th century

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verb

: to draw or write (something) with a pencil

penciled or pencilledpencil·ing or pencil·ling \-s(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of PENCIL

transitive verb
1
:  to paint, draw, write, or mark with a pencil
2
:  to plan or designate tentatively —used with in <penciled him in as the nominee>

Examples of PENCIL

  1. He penciled some notes on a piece of paper.

First Known Use of PENCIL

circa 1532

Rhymes with PENCIL

PENCIL Defined for Kids

1pencil

noun pen·cil \ˈpen-səl\

Definition of PENCIL for Kids

:  a device for writing or drawing consisting of a stick of black or colored material enclosed in wood, plastic, or metal

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verb
pen·ciled or pen·cilledpen·cil·ing or pen·cil·ling

Definition of PENCIL for Kids

:  to write, mark, or draw with a pencil
Medical Dictionary

pencil

noun pen·cil \ˈpen(t)-səl\

Medical Definition of PENCIL

1
:  a small medicated or cosmetic roll or stick for local applications <a menthol pencil>
2
:  an aggregate of rays of radiation (as light) especially when diverging from or converging to a point
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