Pen meaning

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Pen is defined as to write something using pen and ink.

An example of to pen is using an ink pen to write a to do list.

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An instrument for writing or drawing with ink or similar fluid, especially:
  • A ballpoint pen.
  • A fountain pen.
  • A pen point.
  • A penholder and its pen point.
  • A quill.
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A place to confine a person; a prison cell.

They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the pen again.

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A female swan.
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A writer or an author.

A hired pen.

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A pen shell.
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To write or compose.

Penned a letter.

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A penitentiary; a prison.
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To confine or enclose in or as in a pen.
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Now, any of various devices used in writing or drawing with ink.
  • A device with a half-tubular metal point split into two nibs, now used esp. by artists and draftsmen.
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A female swan.
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A repair dock for submarines.
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Peninsula.
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A small yard or enclosure for domestic animals.
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The animals so confined.
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Any small enclosure.
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A heavy quill or feather trimmed to a split point, used for writing with ink.
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The metal point for a pen.
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The quill-shaped internal shell of a squid.
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To write with or as with a pen.

Penned verses filled with pain.

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A penitentiary.
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Peninsula.
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International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists.
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A stylus used to write and draw. See stylus, pen-based computing and pen-enabled app.
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An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.

There are two steers in the third pen.

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(baseball) The bullpen.

Two righties are up in the pen.

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To enclose in a pen.
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A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.

He took notes with a pen.

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(figuratively) A writer, or his style.

He has a sharp pen.

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A light pen.
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(zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.
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(now rare, poetic, dialectal) A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.
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(poetic) A wing.

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To write (an article, a book, etc.).
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A female swan.
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The definition of a pen is a small yard or animal enclosure, or an tool used to draw or write with ink.

An example of a pen is a petting zoo.

An example of a pen is a ball point.

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An instrument for writing regarded as a means of expression.
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A style of writing.

Wrote plays with a witty pen.

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Pinions.
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The chitinous internal shell of a squid.
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To confine in or as if in a pen.
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A feather or quill; esp., a heavy wing feather.
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Origin of pen

  • Middle English penne from Old French from Late Latin penna from Latin feather pet- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old English penn
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Short for penitentiary
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Anglo-Norman penne, from Old French penne, from Latin penna (“feather"), from Proto-Indo-European *petna-, from *pet- (“to rush, fly") (from which petition). Proto-Indo-European base also root of *petra-, from which πτερόν (pteron, “wing") (whence pterodactyl), Sanskrit पत्रम् (“wing, feather"), Old Church Slavonic перо (pero, “pen"), Old Norse fjöðr, Old English feðer (Modern English feather); note the /p/ → /f/ Germanic sound change.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English penne (“enclosure for animals"), from Old English penn (“enclosure, fold, pen") (in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *pennō, *pannijō (“pin, bolt, nail, tack"), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“pointed peg, nail, edge"). Akin to Old English pennian (“to close, lock, bolt") (in compounds onpennian (“to open")), Low German pennen (“to secure a door with a bolt"), Old English pinn (“peg, bolt"). More at pin.
    From Wiktionary
  • Sense “prison" originally figurative extension to enclosure for persons (1845), later influenced by penitentiary (“prison"), being analyzed as an abbreviation (1884).
    From Wiktionary
  • See feather and πέτομαι (petomai) for more.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin paene (“nearly, almost”)
    From Wiktionary
  • Shortned form of penalty
    From Wiktionary
  • Origin uncertain.
    From Wiktionary