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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. Chaseb :  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

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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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