What does pencil mean?

Definitions for pencil
ˈpɛn səlpen·cil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pencil(noun)

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

  2. pencil(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"

  3. pencil(noun)

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

  4. pencil(verb)

    a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face

    "an eyebrow pencil"

  5. pencil(verb)

    write, draw, or trace with a pencil

    "he penciled a figure"

Wiktionary

  1. pencil(Noun)

    A paintbrush.

    Etymology: From and pincil (modern pinceau), from diminutive peniculus, from noun penis + diminutive suffix -culus.

  2. pencil(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From and pincil (modern pinceau), from diminutive peniculus, from noun penis + diminutive suffix -culus.

  3. pencil(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From and pincil (modern pinceau), from diminutive peniculus, from noun penis + diminutive suffix -culus.

  4. pencil(Verb)

    to write something using a pencil

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

    Etymology: From and pincil (modern pinceau), from diminutive peniculus, from noun penis + diminutive suffix -culus.

  5. pencil(Verb)

    To tentatively make a booking or appointment.

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

    Etymology: From and pincil (modern pinceau), from diminutive peniculus, from noun penis + diminutive suffix -culus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pencil(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  2. Pencil(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  3. Pencil(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  4. Pencil(noun)

    an aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  5. Pencil(noun)

    a number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  6. Pencil(noun)

    a small medicated bougie

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  7. Pencil(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

Freebase

  1. Pencil

    A pencil is a writing implement or art medium usually constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing. The case prevents the core from breaking, and also from marking the user’s hand during use. Pencils create marks via physical abrasion, leaving behind a trail of solid core material that adheres to a sheet of paper or other surface. They are noticeably distinct from pens, which dispense liquid or gel ink that stain the light colour of the paper. Most pencil cores are made of graphite mixed with a clay binder, leaving grey or black marks that can be easily erased. Graphite pencils are used for both writing and drawing, and the result is durable: although writing can usually be removed with an eraser, it is resistant to moisture, most chemicals, ultraviolet radiation and natural aging. Other types of pencil core are less widely used. Charcoal pencils are mainly used by artists for drawing and sketching. Coloured pencils are sometimes used by teachers or editors to correct submitted texts but are more usually regarded as art supplies, especially those with waxy core binders that tend to smear on paper instead of erasing. Grease pencils have a softer crayon-like waxy core that can leave marks on smooth surfaces such as glass or porcelain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pencil

    pen′sil, n. a small hair brush for laying on colours: any pointed instrument for writing or drawing without ink: a collection of rays of light converging to a point: the art of painting or drawing.—v.t. to write, sketch, or mark with a pencil: to paint or draw:—pr.p. pen′cilling; pa.t. and pa.p. pen′cilled.ns. Pen′cil-case, a holder for a pencil; Pen′cil-com′pass, a compass having a pencil on one of its legs for use in drawing.—adjs. Pen′cilled, written or marked with a pencil: having pencils of rays: radiated: (bot.) marked with fine lines, as with a pencil; Pen′cilliform, having the form of a pencil, as of rays.—ns. Pen′cilling, the art of writing, sketching, or marking with a pencil: marks made with a pencil: fine lines on flowers or the feathers of birds: a sketch; Pen′cil-sketch, a sketch made with a pencil. [O. Fr. pincel (Fr. pinceau)—L. penicillum, a painter's brush, dim. of penis, a tail.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pencil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3117

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pencil' in Nouns Frequency: #2401

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How to say pencil in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pencil in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pencil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pencil in a Sentence

  1. Brian Youngberg:

    I think in general the industry is putting a sharper pencil to cost cutting, i think they are realizing the days of $100 a barrel (oil) are over.

  2. Salman Rushdie:

    The thing that I really resent is the way in which these, our dead comrades ... who died using the same implement that I use, which is a pen or pencil, have been almost immediately vilified and called racists and I don't know what else.

  3. The Guardian:

    It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes, she noted. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil.

  4. Jitesh Ubrani:

    Having support for the Pencil is great, but I’m not sure that will help drive additional sales in the consumer segment.

  5. Rick Francona:

    For the Israelis to do this would be a real military risk, on paper, you could pencil it out, but there can be no room for error.

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