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Definition of "pencil" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • Something shaped or used like a pencil, especially a narrow medicated or cosmetic stick: an eyebrow pencil. (noun)
  • A style or technique in drawing or delineating. (noun)
  • Descriptive skill: "His characters are drawn with a strong pencil” ( Henry Hallam). (noun)
  • An artist's brush, especially a fine one. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pencil" in a sentence
  • "Hope he gets knocked out in his next match. .enjoy losing the title pencil dick."
  • "The fact that the English word "pencil" shares its root with the Latin word for "little penis" shouldn't keep us from pulling one out at the Family History Center."
  • "Since I had museum training, I was permitted to write (in pencil, of course) on the cards the new information, such as weight, measurements, number of vibratodes (attachments), and so on."