Pencil meaning

pĕnsəl
The definition of a pencil is a narrow tube-shaped instrument filled with graphite or colored wax that is used for writing and drawing.

An example of a pencil is what a student uses for answering questions on a test.

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Pencil is defined as to draw or write with an instrument that produces marks which can be erased.

An example of pencil is to enter an appointment on a calendar that might have to be erased if the appointment is rescheduled.

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Something shaped or used like a pencil, especially a narrow medicated or cosmetic stick.

An eyebrow pencil.

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A narrow, generally cylindrical implement for writing, drawing, or marking, consisting of a thin rod of graphite, colored wax, or similar substance encased in wood or held in a mechanical holder.
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A beam of radiant energy in the form of a narrow cone or cylinder.
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A family of geometric objects, such as lines, that have a common property, such as passage through a given line in a given plane.
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To write or produce by using a pencil.
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To mark or color with or as if with a pencil.
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An artist's small, fine brush.
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The individual style or ability of an artist.
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A slender, rod-shaped instrument of wood, metal, etc. with a center stick of graphite, crayon, etc. that is sharpened to a point for marking, writing, and drawing.
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Something shaped or used like a pencil.
  • A small cosmetic stick as for darkening or redrawing the contours of the eyebrows.
  • A stick of some medicated substance.
    A styptic pencil.
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A series of lines or rays coming to or spreading out from a point.
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A set of lines, planes, etc. passing through a given point or points and satisfying a given equation.
  • All the lines passing through a given point.
  • All the planes passing through a given line.
  • All the circles lying in a given plane and passing through two fixed points.
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To mark, write, or draw with or as with a pencil.
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To use a pencil on.
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To schedule or assign provisionally.

She penciled him in for dinner next week.

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1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17.

Why is it not lawfull for every man to pourtray himself with his pen, as it was for him to doe it with a pensell?

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Writing utensil that uses graphite (commonly referred to as lead). Regular pencils usually have a graphite shaft surrounded by wood. Also available in a mechanical version where the graphite length can be adjusted and sharpening is not needed.
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(geometry) A family of geometric objects with a common property, such as the set of lines that pass through a given point in a projective plane.
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(optics) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
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(medicine, archaic) A small medicated bougie.
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To write something using a pencil.

I penciled (BrEn: pencilled) it in my notebook.

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To tentatively make a booking or appointment.

I am very busy today but I can pencil you in at 3 p.m.

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Origin of pencil

  • Middle English pencel artist's brush from Old French pincel, peincel from Vulgar Latin pēnicellus alteration of Latin pēnicillus diminutive of pēniculus diminutive of pēnis tail, brush pes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman and Old French pincil (modern pinceau (“paintbrush")), from Latin diminutive peniculus (“brush"), from noun penis (“tail") + diminutive suffix -culus.

    From Wiktionary