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Meaning of PEN

Pronunciation:  pen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
  2. [n]  an enclosure for confining livestock
  3. [n]  female swan
  4. [n]  a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
  5. [n]  a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
  6. [v]  produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"

PEN is a 3 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: compose, indite, penitentiary, playpen, write
 See Also: adopt, annotate, author, ballpen, ballpoint, ballpoint pen, Biro, cattle pen, cite, corral, correctional institution, cow pen, create verbally, creep, dash off, draft, dramatise, dramatize, draw, enclosure, felt tip, felt-tip pen, felt-tipped pen, fling off, fold, footnote, fountain pen, knock off, kraal, lyric, Magic Marker, nib, outline, paddock, paragraph, pen nib, pigpen, pigsty, pinfold, poetise, poetize, profile, quill, quill pen, reference, rewrite, rodeo, rough, script, sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold, spell, sty, swan, toss off, versify, write about, write copy, write of, write off, write on, write out, write up, writing implement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pen\, n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L.
    1. A feather. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. A wing. [Obs.] --Milton.
    3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of
       a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now
       also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also,
       originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or
             Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock. --Job
                                                   xix. 24.
    4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.
       ``Those learned pens.'' --Fuller.
    5. (Zo["o]l.) The internal shell of a squid.
    6. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo["o]l.) A female swan. [Prov.
    {Bow pen}. See {Bow-pen}.
    {Dotting pen}, a pen for drawing dotted lines.
    {Drawing}, or {Ruling}, {pen}, a pen for ruling lines having
       a pair of blades between which the ink is contained.
    {Fountain pen}, {Geometric pen}. See under {Fountain}, and
    {Music pen}, a pen having five points for drawing the five
       lines of the staff.
    {Pen and ink}, or {pen-and-ink}, executed or done with a pen
       and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch.
    {Pen feather}. A pin feather. [Obs.]
    {Pen name}. See under {Name}.
    {Sea pen} (Zo["o]l.), a pennatula. [Usually written
  2. \Pen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to
    compose; as, to pen a sonnet. ``A prayer elaborately
    penned.'' --Milton.
  3. \Pen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penned}or {Pent} (?); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Penning}.] [OE. pennen, AS. pennan in on-pennan to
    unfasten, prob. from the same source as pin, and orig.
    meaning, to fasten with a peg.See {Pin}, n. & v.]
    To shut up, as in a pen or cage; to confine in a small
    inclosure or narrow space; to coop up, or shut in; to
    inclose. ``Away with her, and pen her up.'' --Shak.
          Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.
  4. \Pen\, n. [From {Pen} to shut in.]
    A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.
          My father stole two geese out of a pen.  --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a pen in your dream means self-expression and communication. Consider also the phrase of how the the pen is mightier than the sword.
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