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Meaning of PENCIL

Pronunciation:  'pensul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
  2. [v]  write, draw, or trace with a pencil; "he penciled a figure"

PENCIL is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: delineate, describe, draw, lead pencil, line, outline, peak, pencil eraser, point, rubber, rubber eraser, slate pencil, tip, trace, writing implement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pen"cil\, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum,
    penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf.
    1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters
       for laying on colors.
             With subtile pencil depainted was this storie.
    2. 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
    3. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar
       manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the
       artist, descriptive writer, etc.
    4. (Opt.) An aggregate or collection of rays of light,
       especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
    5. (Geom.) A number of lines that intersect in one point, the
       point of intersection being called the pencil point.
    6. (Med.) A small medicated bougie.
    {Pencil case}, a holder for pencil lead.
    {Pencil flower} (Bot.), an American perennial leguminous herb
       ({Stylosanthes elatior}).
    {Pencil lead}, a slender rod of black lead, or the like,
       adapted for insertion in a holder.
  2. \Pen"cil\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penciled}or {Pencilled};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Penciling} or {Pencilling}.]
    To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw.
          Where nature pencils butterflies on flowers. --Harte.
Computing Dictionary

Pictorial ENCodIng Language. On-line system to display line structures. Sammet 1969, 675.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a pencil in your dream indicates that you are making a temporary impact in a situation. It may also suggest that a relationship may not last long. Dreaming that you are sharpening a pencil, suggests that you need to be more flexible in your way of thinking. Listen to what others have to say; don't be so quick to reject their views and opinions.
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