pen

verb (1)
\ ˈpen How to pronounce pen (audio) \
penned; penning

Definition of pen

 (Entry 1 of 8)

transitive verb

: to shut in or as if in a pen The cattle were penned behind a wooden fence.

pen

noun (1)

Definition of pen (Entry 2 of 8)

1a : a small enclosure for animals
b : the animals in a pen a pen of sheep
2 : a small place of confinement or storage
3 : a protected dock or slip for a submarine

pen

noun (2)

Definition of pen (Entry 3 of 8)

1 : an implement for writing or drawing with ink or a similar fluid: such as
a : quill
b : pen point
c : a penholder containing a pen point
2a : a writing instrument regarded as a means of expression enlisted the pens of the best writers— F. H. Chase
b : writer
3 : the internal horny feather-shaped shell of a squid
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

pen

verb (2)
penned; penning

Definition of pen (Entry 4 of 8)

transitive verb

: write, indite pen a letter

pen

noun (3)

Definition of pen (Entry 5 of 8)

: a female swan

pen

noun (4)

Definition of pen (Entry 6 of 8)

pen

abbreviation (1)

Definition of pen (Entry 7 of 8)

peninsula

PEN

abbreviation (2)

Definition of PEN (Entry 8 of 8)

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

First Known Use of pen

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pen

Verb (1)

Middle English pennen, from Old English -pennian

Noun (1)

Middle English, perhaps from pennen

Noun (2)

Middle English penne, from Anglo-French, feather, pen, from Latin penna, pinna feather; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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pen

noun
\ ˈpen How to pronounce pen (audio) \

Kids Definition of pen

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an instrument for writing with ink

pen

verb
penned; penning

Kids Definition of pen (Entry 2 of 4)

: to write especially with a pen Who penned this poem?

pen

noun

Kids Definition of pen (Entry 3 of 4)

: a small enclosure especially for animals

pen

verb
penned; penning

Kids Definition of pen (Entry 4 of 4)

: to shut in a small enclosure

pen

noun
\ ˈpen How to pronounce pen (audio) \

Medical Definition of pen

: 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

Note: 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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