lead pencil


: a pencil using graphite as the marking material

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lots of blue fruits, cassis, violets, lead pencil and tobacco notes emerge from the glass of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Estate, a magical, incredible Cabernet Sauvignon from The Rocks region of Walla Walla, as well as a perfect wine. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2021 Just a plain lead pencil. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 The character is full of blackberry, black currant and lead pencil. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2021 Hard-to-Pull Zippers When a zipper works, but requires a fair amount of strength to slide it up and down, try this: Take an ordinary lead pencil and rub its sharpened tip along the teeth on the zipper. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Feb. 2020 The dazzling 2005 is in transition between primary and secondary, showing the scent of lead pencil, often noted as a signature aroma of the wines of Bordeaux’s Pauillac region. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, 13 Aug. 2018 Its quality was so superior that England became the leading pencil and graphite producer. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lead pencil was in 1688

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“Lead pencil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20pencil. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

lead pencil

: a pencil using graphite as the marking material

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