What does pencil mean?

Definitions for pencil
ˈpɛn səlpen·cil

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pencil.

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"


  1. pencil(Noun)

    A paintbrush.

  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.

  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.

  4. pencil(Verb)

    to write something using a pencil

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

  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.

  6. Origin: 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

  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

  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

  4. Pencil(noun)

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

  5. Pencil(noun)

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

  6. Pencil(noun)

    a small medicated bougie

  7. Pencil(verb)

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

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


  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.]

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    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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  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. Unknown:

    A short pencil is better than a long memory.

  2. Joyce A. Myers:

    A 2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.

  3. Truman Capote:

    I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

  4. Egypt Ufele:

    I was bullied, and they called me all kinds of names. One time I got stabbed with a pencil.

  5. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    All that Hubert needs over there is a gal to answer the phone and a pencil with an eraser on it.

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