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pen

verb \ ˈpen \

Definition of pen

penned; penning
transitive verb
: to shut in or as if in a pen
  • The cattle were penned behind a wooden fence.

Origin and Etymology of pen

Middle English pennen, from Old English -pennian

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

1 a : a small enclosure for animals
b : the animals in a pen
  • a pen of sheep
2 : a small place of confinement or storage
3 : a protected dock or slip for a submarine
4 : bull pen 2

Origin and Etymology of pen

Middle English, perhaps from pennen

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

1 : an implement for writing or drawing with ink or a similar fluid: such as
a : quill
b : pen point
c : a penholder containing a pen point
2 a : a writing instrument regarded as a means of expression
  • enlisted the pens of the best writers
  • —F. H. Chase
b : writer
3 : the internal horny feather-shaped shell of a squid
4 : stylus d
5 : a medical device for injecting drugs that resembles a fountain pen, contains a cartridge prefilled with usually several doses of medication, and when designed for multiple injections has a needle that is replaced after each use
  • insulin pens
  • People accidentally exposed to a food culprit can use the pen to inject themselves with a dose of epinephrine—also known as adrenaline—to avoid a severe allergic reaction.
  • —Walecia Konrad

Origin and Etymology of pen

Middle English penne, from Anglo-French, feather, pen, from Latin penna, pinna feather; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather


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pen

verb

Definition of pen

penned; penning
transitive verb
: write, indite
  • pen a letter

First Known Use of pen

15th century


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

: a female swan

Origin and Etymology of pen

origin unknown


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

First Known Use of pen

1881


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pen

abbreviation

Definition of pen

peninsula

PEN

abbreviation

Definition of PEN

International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists


PEN Defined for Kids

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pen

noun \ ˈpen \

Definition of pen for Students

: an instrument for writing with ink

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pen

verb

Definition of pen for Students

penned; penning
: to write especially with a pen
  • Who penned this poem?

3

pen

noun

Definition of pen for Students

: a small enclosure especially for animals

4

pen

verb

Definition of pen for Students

penned; penning
: to shut in a small enclosure

Medical Dictionary

pen

noun \ ˈpen \

medical Definition of pen

: a medical device for injecting drugs that resembles a fountain pen, contains a cartridge prefilled with usually several doses of medication, and when designed for multiple injections has a needle that is replaced after each use
Note: Medical pens are either disposable or reusable depending on whether the cartridge can be removed and replaced with a new prefilled one.
  • In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas can no longer produce insulin and patients must give themselves multiple daily injections with insulin pens or syringes …
  • The Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts)27 Mar. 2013
  • Illinois law allows schools to keep epinephrine pens around, and nurses or trained staff are allowed to use them in an emergency.
  • —Mike RiopellThe Chicago Daily Herald31 Oct. 2013


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