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Definitions of pencil

  1. write, draw, or trace with a pencil; "he penciled a figure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; "an eyebrow pencil" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A small medicated bougie. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A small fine brush used by artists; a pointed instrument of black lead, etc., often inclosed in wood, and used for writing, drawing, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To write, sketch, etc., with, or as with, a pencil. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. 1. A roll of lint or other material in the form of a cylinder. 2. A stick of lunar caustic pointed like a pencil. 3. All the rays of light focussed at a given point. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  16. A small hairbrush for laying on colors: 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To write, sketch, or mark with a pencil: to paint or draw:-pr.p. pencilling; pa.t. and pa.p. pencilled. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. Small brush for painting; instrument of black lead, &c., for writing or drawing; a collection of rays. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To write, draw, or paint with a pencil. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To mark, write, or draw with a pencil. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A long, pointed strip of wood enclosing a slip of graphite, slate, etc., used for writing, drawing, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A small, finely pointed paintbrush. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A group of lines or rays diverging from a given point. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A small brush used by painters for laying on colours; a pointed instrument of black-lead, coloured chalk, &c.; a collection of rays of light. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. To mark, paint or draw, as with a pencil. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. A thin strip or thread of plumbago or black-lead, or other substance, generally enclosed in a cover of soft wood, and pointed at one end, used for writing or drawing; a small fine brush used in painting; the art of drawing; a collection of rays of light converging to, or diverging from, a single point. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. To write, mark, or sketch with a pencil; to delineate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  29. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  30. Tint or mark (as) with lead pencil; jot down with pencil; enter (horse\'s name) in betting-book; (esp. in p.p.) mark delicately with thin concentric lines of colour or shading. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. A pointed instrument used for writing or drawing. In pharmacy, a pencil-shaped medicine, such as a stick of lunar caustic. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. Until comparatively lately kept its classical meaning of a painter's brush [L.]. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  33. n. [Latin] A small brush used by painters;—an instrument of black lead, red chalk, &c., used for writing and drawing;—hence the art, capacity, or instrument of painting, drawing, or describing;—an aggregate or collection of rays of light which converge to or diverge form a point. Cabinet Dictionary

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