pencil

[pen┬Ěcil]

If you want to write something you can easily erase, write it with a pencil (instead of with a pen). When you color in the bubbles on a standardized test, a 2 pencil is the way to go.

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A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.

Noun
a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood

Noun
a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; "an eyebrow pencil"

Noun
a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point

Noun
graphite (or a similar substance) used in such a way as to be a medium of communication; "the words were scribbled in pencil"; "this artist''s favorite medium is pencil"

Verb
write, draw, or trace with a pencil; "he penciled a figure"

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n.
A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.

n.
A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, colored chalk, slate etc., or such a cylinder or strip inserted in a small wooden rod intended to be pointed, or in a case, which forms a handle, -- used for drawing or writing. See Graphite.

n.
Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc.

n.
An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.

n.
A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point.

n.
A small medicated bougie.

v. t.
To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw.


Pencil

Pen"cil , n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.
With subtile pencil depainted was this storie.
2. A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, colored chalk, slate etc., or such a cylinder or strip inserted in a small wooden rod intended to be pointed, or in a case, which forms a handle, -- used for drawing or writing. See Graphite. 3. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc. 4. (Opt.) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point. 5. (Geom.) A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point. 6. (Med.) A small medicated bougie. Pencil case, a holder for pencil lead. -- Pencil flower (Bot.), an American perennial leguminous herb (Stylosanthes elatior). -- Pencil lead, a slender rod of black lead, or the like, adapted for insertion in a holder.

Pencil

Pen"cil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penciled or Pencilled; p. pr. & vb. n. Penciling or Pencilling.] To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw. Cowper.
Where nature pencils butterflies on flowers.

A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.

To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw.

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Usage Examples

I don't know how many thoughts we have a second, but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down the appropriate sequence of those, all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.

Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away.

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Other Usage Examples

College atheletes used to get a degree in bringing your pencil.

A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it.

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.

Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.

There's something brave and touching about game girls of all ages keeping themselves smart in hard times - one thinks of those wonderful women during World War II drawing stocking seams in eyebrow pencil up the back of legs stained with gravy browning because nylons were so hard to get hold of.

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