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pencil

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noun pen·cil \ˈpen(t)-səl\

Definition of pencil

  1. 1 :  an artist's brush

  2. 2 :  an artist's individual skill or style

  3. 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. 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. 5 :  something (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.

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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pencil

verb pen·cil

Definition of pencil

penciled

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pencilled

penciling

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pencilling

\-s(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to paint, draw, write, or mark with a pencil

  3. 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.

Circa 1532

First Known Use of pencil

circa 1532



PENCIL Defined for English Language Learners

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pencil

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noun pen·cil \ˈpen(t)-səl\

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


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pencil

verb pen·cil

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

  1. :  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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verb pen·cil

Definition of pencil for Students

penciled

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pencilled

penciling

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pencilling

  1. :  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. 1:  a small medicated or cosmetic roll or stick for local applications <a menthol pencil>

  2. 2:  an aggregate of rays of radiation (as light) especially when diverging from or converging to a point



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