pen·​cil·​ing ˈpen(t)-s(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce penciling (audio)
variants or pencilling
: the work of the pencil or brush
also : a product of this

Examples of penciling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fed officials projected in December that rates would rise to a peak of 5 to 5.25 percent, with a few penciling in a slightly higher 5.25 to 5.5 percent. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2023 The contest versus the Commodores is the only game where the Wildcats should feel safe penciling in a victory. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 3 Nov. 2022 The upbeat data have helped the Federal Reserve justify raising short-term interest rates three times this year and penciling in another quarter-percentage point increase by the end of the year. Akane Otani, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2018 Learn about every aspect of production, including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, editing, and more, with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes. Phillip Molnar,, 6 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penciling was circa 1532

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“Penciling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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