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pen

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verb \ˈpen\

Definition of pen

penned

;

penning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

  1. 1a :  a small enclosure for animalsb :  the animals in a pen <a pen of sheep>

  2. 2 :  a small place of confinement or storage

  3. 3 :  a protected dock or slip for a submarine

  4. 4 :  bull pen 2

Origin and Etymology of pen

Middle English, perhaps from pennen


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

  1. 1 :  an implement for writing or drawing with ink or a similar fluid: such asa :  quillb :  pen pointc :  a penholder containing a pen pointd :  fountain pene :  ballpoint

  2. 2a :  a writing instrument regarded as a means of expression <enlisted the pens of the best writers — F. H. Chase>b :  writer

  3. 3 :  the internal horny feather-shaped shell of a squid

  4. 4 :  stylus d

  5. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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pen

verb

Definition of pen

penned

;

penning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  write, indite <pen a letter>

15th Century

First Known Use of pen

15th century


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

  1. :  a female swan

Origin and Etymology of pen

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1550


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

1881

First Known Use of pen

1881


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pen

abbreviation

Definition of pen

  1. peninsula


PEN

abbreviation

Definition of PEN

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



PEN Defined for Kids

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pen

play
noun \ˈpen\

Definition of pen for Students

  1. :  an instrument for writing with ink


2

pen

play
verb

Definition of pen for Students

penned

penning

  1. :  to write especially with a pen <Who penned this poem?>


3

pen

play
noun

Definition of pen for Students

  1. :  a small enclosure especially for animals


4

pen

play
verb

Definition of pen for Students

penned

penning

  1. :  to shut in a small enclosure


Medical Dictionary

pen

play
noun \ˈpen\

Medical Definition of pen

  1. :  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 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 Riopell, The Chicago Daily Herald, 31 Oct. 2013>



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