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pencil

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noun pen·cil \ ˈpen(t)-səl \

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 (such as a beam of radiation) long and thin like a pencil

Examples of pencil in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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pencil

verb

Definition of pencil

penciled or pencilled; penciling or pencilling play \ˈpen(t)-s(ə-)liŋ\
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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of pencil

circa 1500



PENCIL Defined for English Language Learners

pencil

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noun

Definition of pencil for English Language Learners

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


pencil

verb

Definition of pencil for English Language Learners

  • : to draw or write (something) with a pencil


PENCIL Defined for Kids

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pencil

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noun pen·cil \ ˈpen-səl \

Definition of pencil for Students

: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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pencil

verb

Definition of pencil for Students

penciled or pencilled; penciling or pencilling
:to write, mark, or draw with a pencil

Medical Dictionary

pencil

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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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