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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bottle top/pen top etc
▪ Has anyone seen my pen top?
bull pen
felt-tip pen
fountain pen
light pen
marker pen
pen drive
pen friend
pen name
pen pal
pen pusher
▪ The man clicked his ballpoint pen, scribbled three characters in an already scribbled margin, and turned the page.
▪ Even the pages of my notebook were soggy to write on, and ballpoint pen sank into the softened surface.
▪ The cargo's ultimate destination had been printed neatly in black pen in the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
▪ It had been written with a black felt-tip pen on a legal pad that was in the home.
▪ Get the notes typewritten using a new ribbon, or copy them out in black felt tip pen in large capital letters.
▪ Is it a 50 watt bulb that a child's been scribbling on with a black felt tip pen?
▪ They each had a big rainbow packet of felt pens, and a Dinky car.
▪ There was a diagram on the screen and a few dried-out felt pens on the wooden ridge under it.
▪ Drawing with thick felt pens is essential for the presentation to be clear.
▪ I solved the problem by adapting a red felt pen.
▪ Filled it in with his fountain pen.
▪ There is nothing developmental linking the middle childhood years with fountain pens and mismatched socks.
▪ The writer of the best letter each month will be presented with a Montblanc Solitaire fountain pen.
▪ She had to be fed, as well as by me, with a kind of pipette, like a fountain pen filler.
▪ Much of it looks engagingly olde-worlde: cameras disguised as tree branches and hypodermics fitted inside fountain pens.
▪ There are pages devoted to planting explosives in table lamps, garden gates and even fountain pens.
▪ The creation of the modern fountain pen is usually attributed to Lewis E Waterman in the 1880s.
▪ By the Seventies, ballpoints reigned supreme and, once schools allowed their use, the future for fountain pens looked bleak.
▪ The pens can be fibre-tip, ball-point or ink pens.
▪ Until this business of the poison pen letter is solved, you need to get away from this house.
▪ This wasn't just about poison pen letters, and bringing her here for her own safety.
▪ Instead he had found the poison pen letter that she intended to send to Jessamy.
▪ Harriet Vane returns to her college for the occasion and finds herself in a maelstrom of obscene graffiti and poison pen letters.
▪ And she didn't think that it was totally connected with the arrival of that poison pen letter this morning.
▪ It had started with the arrival of that poison pen letter, and ended with that kiss.
▪ I m going to get a marker pen and colour in one side - hey presto, a KeaneKickmaster.
▪ Works in marker pen can be reproduced on colour photocopiers or by printing and need not be displayed themselves.
▪ The other significant variable in marker pen work is the paper type.
▪ There were several red-tipped pins protruding from it and an area of Soho had been ringed in red marker pen.
▪ Beware of marker pens, as their ink tends to seep deeply into the wood.
▪ Cassandra, appropriately, considering his pen name, was not believed.
▪ Under yet another pen name, Leo starts writing scathing reviews of her own books for a newspaper literary supplement.
▪ It was signed in Charlotte's male pen name.
▪ Translating email pen pals into the real world of human contact, or even romance, is another matter.
▪ Craig and Johnson met the way practically anyone meets an inmate: They became pen pals.
▪ Until this business of the poison pen letter is solved, you need to get away from this house.
▪ They had a poison pen in the works.
▪ This wasn't just about poison pen letters, and bringing her here for her own safety.
▪ Instead he had found the poison pen letter that she intended to send to Jessamy.
▪ Harriet Vane returns to her college for the occasion and finds herself in a maelstrom of obscene graffiti and poison pen letters.
▪ And she didn't think that it was totally connected with the arrival of that poison pen letter this morning.
▪ He had the feeling that Berowne was in some trouble deeper and more subtly disturbing than poison pen messages.
▪ It had started with the arrival of that poison pen letter, and ended with that kiss.
▪ Other questions - did he have a quill pen, and therefore a supply of ink?
▪ Photographed in 1973, Eugene Ionesco happily scribbles away with a feathered quill pen.
▪ Wrote with steel nibs whereas Gustave always used a quill pen.
▪ Holding his bat with the precision of a monk wielding a quill pen, he waited patiently for whatever Mafouz should deliver.
▪ He then wrote, his quill pen scratching a piece of vellum.
▪ The selected area of a faced sample or hand specimen must be marked with water insoluble felt tip pen before cutting.
▪ Get the notes typewritten using a new ribbon, or copy them out in black felt tip pen in large capital letters.
▪ Is it a 50 watt bulb that a child's been scribbling on with a black felt tip pen?
▪ Mark out brick lines with a felt tip pen.
▪ Another said they were building a pen for their chickens.
▪ They caught wildfowl for the ever-increasing colony, and built new pens and enclosures for them.
▪ Couldn't have picked up the pen and opened the notebook and faced the blank page.
▪ Sometimes, without thinking, I almost pick up the pen and start rewriting our campaign literature.
▪ Himmler picked up his pen and started to write again.
▪ She picked up her pen and rested its point on the page.
▪ Every time I pick up my pen I put it down again.
▪ Alternatively pick up a pen and a piece of paper and compose your own speech immediately after reading all these for inspiration.
▪ She picked up a pen and drew a line through the service charge, then handed the bill to the indignant guest.
▪ So if you are fun-loving and open-minded, put pen to paper.
▪ He then put pen to paper, and soon a stream of adjectives was flowing.
▪ So why not put pen to paper and win a wardrobe of fashions.
▪ I put down the pen, because this would be the great, unforgivable Miltonian sin.
▪ And striker Geoff Ferris is likely to put pen to paper for 12 months.
▪ If you are not writing, put your pen down.
▪ Now, as I put down my pen, I bring the life of unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.
▪ Then Freitag made a faint gesture to his partner, who put away his pen and notebook.
▪ For the dark lines of bare tree branches Martin uses a pen loaded with paint.
▪ However, Sean performed poorly on tasks that required him to use a pencil or pen to perform copying assignments.
▪ I mean nobody died or anything or used a pen that's also a flame-thrower.
▪ As one ad showed, it allowed you to e-mail from the beach using a pen instead of a keyboard.
▪ Do not use felt-tip pens, especially the strong-smelling ones. me rule here is - if it smells, avoid it.
▪ The president used a different pen to sign each letter of his name.
▪ I've used it for carrying pens - you don't get too many grizzlies or wolves where I live!
▪ Mark the positions of the 20 l.e.d.s on the front of the tie using a pen.
▪ Much of that writing came from the pens of men and women who never saw the West.
▪ He wrote with her pen and kept the little envelope filled with notes she used to write him by his side.
▪ Examples include the use of electronic forms that recognize information hand-#written with an electronic pen.
▪ One of the big changes we had to cope with, was learning to write with pen and ink.
▪ If you are not writing, put your pen down.
▪ It would be written with my pen, you see, if it was that letter.
▪ The Halutzim were busy packing boxes, hammering nails, tying up chests, writing labels with thick pens and pencils.
slip of the tongue/pen
▪ He had made an unfortunate slip of the tongue himself.
▪ In all the excitement the Registrar, Mrs Molly Croll, suffered a slip of the pen.
▪ Much of the humour derives from slips of the tongue, an occupational hazard.
▪ One slip of the tongue would have betrayed all I was working for.
▪ They both use the same root consonants, which are rearranged as in a dream or a slip of the tongue.
with/at a stroke of the pen
▪ With a stroke of the pen, the two leaders have cut the number of nuclear weapons in half.
▪ a fountain pen
▪ A good-looking, pre-war pen cost less than a third of its modern cousin, and wrote just as well.
▪ Expect 1993 to be the year of the pen.
▪ He threaded the pen back through her fingers, gently.
▪ I then looked at the boy again, who held his pen out towards me.
▪ No mere holding pen, this is home for these creatures.
▪ She also created Write a Senior, a website that links the elderly with pen pals around the world.
▪ This explains those tiny hillside pens bounded by rock walls.
▪ We started a lively correspondence with about five pen friends each, scribbling away under the desk in lessons.
▪ Though she was not really homesick, penning the letters somehow kept her close.
▪ Since his installation as bishop, he was known to personally pen all the letters of real importance to his diocese.
▪ The flu kept him penned up at home for a week.
▪ The piece was penned by Mozart when he was eight.
▪ It's rather like the scene that I penned at the beginning of this column.
▪ On a different tack, Republican lawmakers have penned bills that would limit welfare benefits to teen moms.
▪ Others carried head-bundles of leaves and grass for the sheep and goats now penned behind thorn fences beside the houses.
▪ Rescripts were often penned for a case, and not for the world at large.
▪ Since his installation as bishop, he was known to personally pen all the letters of real importance to his diocese.
▪ There are plenty of exceptions, fine songwriters penning protest songs or brooding religious inquiries.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pen \Pen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pennedor 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.''

Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.


Pen \Pen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned; p. pr. & vb. n. Penning.] To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet. ``A prayer elaborately penned.''


Pen \Pen\, n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L. penna.]

  1. A feather. [Obs.]

  2. A wing. [Obs.]

  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 graving.

    Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock.
    --Job xix. 2

  4. 4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen. ``Those learned pens.''

  5. (Zo["o]l.) The internal shell of a squid.

  6. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo["o]l.) A female swan. [Prov. Eng.]

    Bow pen. See Bow-pen.

    Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines.

    Drawing pen, 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 Geometric.

    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 sea-pen.]


Pen \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

slang, "prison," 1884, shortening of penitentiary; earlier use (1845) probably is a figurative extension of pen (n.2).


"writing implement," late 13c., from Old French pene "quill pen; feather" (12c.) and directly from Latin penna "a feather, plume," in plural "a wing," in Late Latin, "a pen for writing," from Old Latin petna, pesna, from PIE *pet-na-, suffixed form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)).\n

\nLatin penna and pinna "a feather, plume;" in plural "a wing;" also "a pinnacle; battlement" (see pin (n.)) are treated as identical in Watkins, etc., but regarded as separate (but confused) Latin words by Tucker and others, who derive pinna from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)) and see the "feather/wing" sense as secondary.\n

\nIn later French, this word means only "long feather of a bird," while the equivalent of English plume is used for "writing implement," the senses of the two words thus are reversed from the situation in English. Pen-and-ink (adj.) is attested from 1670s. Pen name is recorded from mid-19c.


"to enclose in a pen," c.1200, from Old English *pennian, from the source of pen (n.2). Related: Penned; penning.


"enclosure for animals," Old English penn, penne, "enclosure, pen, fold," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Old English pinn "pin, peg" (see pin (n.)) on notion of a bolted gate or else "structure made of pointed stakes."


late 15c., from pen (n.). Related: Penned; penning.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle. 2 A place to confine a person; a prison cell. 3 (context baseball English) The bullpen. vb. (context transitive English) To enclose in a pen. Etymology 2

n. 1 A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks. 2 (context figurative English) A writer, or his style. 3 A light pen. 4 (context zoology English) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen. 5 (context now rare poetic dialectal English) A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc. 6 (context poetic English) A wing. vb. (context transitive English) To write (an article, a book, etc.). Etymology 3

n. A female swan. Etymology 4

n. penalty

  1. v. produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels" [syn: write, compose, indite]

  2. [also: pent, penning, penned]

  1. n. a writing implement with a point from which ink flows

  2. an enclosure for confining livestock

  3. a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play [syn: playpen]

  4. a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes [syn: penitentiary]

  5. female swan

  6. [also: pent, penning, penned]

Pen (disambiguation)

A pen is a writing instrument which applies ink to a surface, usually paper.

Pen may also refer to:

Pen (enclosure)

A pen is an enclosure for holding livestock. The term describes multiple types of enclosures that may confine one or many animals. Construction and terminology vary depending on the region of the world, purpose, animal species to be confined, local materials used, and cultural tradition. Pen or penning as a verb refers to the act of confining animals in an enclosure.

Pen (play)

Pen is a play by David Marshall Grant. It has been produced at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Pen (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Pen Vidhan Sabha constituency is one of the 288 Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) constituencies of Maharashtra state in Western India. This constituency is located in the Raigad district


PEN may refer to:

  • PEN International, the worldwide association of writers
    • English PEN, the founding centre of PEN International
    • PEN American Center, the Eastern US branch in New York City
    • PEN Center USA, the Western US branch in Los Angeles
    • PEN Canada
  • Penang International Airport in Penang, Malaysia (IATA airport code)
  • Penarth railway station, Wales; National Rail station code PEN
  • Peruvian nuevo sol, ISO 4217 currency code for the currency of Peru
  • Polyethylene naphthalate, a polymer
  • Private Enterprise Number, an object identifier in computing
  • Protective earth neutral, an earthing system conductor in electricity supply systems
  • Olympus Pen is a series of half-frame cameras made by Olympus from 1959 to the beginning of the 1980s
  • PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Usage examples of "pen".

In one paragraph, underlined in blue pen, Abies stated that he would not be taken alive.

And that name was an ambivalent one at best: Aconin was counted one of the best male playwrights in the city, but he was also known as Aconite for his merciless pen.

Those three literati were the Marquis Maffei, the Abbe Conti, and Pierre Jacques Martelli, who became enemies, according to public rumour, owing to the belief entertained by each of them that he possessed the favours of the actress, and, being men of learning, they fought with the pen.

It was not a large affair: a reception desk, a bull pen for admin and communications, a hallway that led back to the holding cells, and an office for the sheriff himself.

Then there was a small library of other books, including a medical lexicon published in London and an almanac beginning at the year 1731, the Holy Bible, ink, pens and writing paper, a box of watercolours and brushes, reams of fine-quality drawing paper, knitting needles and wool, a roll of soft tanned leather from which to make the uppers for footwear- the soles would be cut from buffalo rawhide.

His amanuensis found it impossible to keep up with him, and therefore profited by a hint from one of us, and instead of writing, merely moved his pen rapidly over the paper, scrawling all sorts of ragged lines and figures to resemble writing!

With the lac ammoniacum thus prepared, draw with a pencil, or write with a pen on paper, or vellum, the intended figure or letters of the gilding.

He drew a pen from his pocket, used it to jot aquick shorthand of symbols and letters on each of the six facesof the Box.

Since I penned this, a company is forming to work valuable argentiferous copper-mines lately discovered on Lake Superior.

It had a whole list of what you were supposed to eat in different kinds of restaurants, and it swore by pen ne arrabbiata in Italian places.

Before Auger could react, he had expertly pinned her against the door and was holding one of her eyes open and aiming the end of the pen into it.

One I think was Aymer, but I am not clear, and I did not consider the rest, for my eyes were held by a figure at the back, who sat pen in hand as if waiting for instructions.

It was getting impossible for anyone but Haraket to know which new dragonet belonged with which new dragon boy, or in which pen, and Haraket was so busy that unless something actually went wrong, he left the new boys and dragonets to Baken and the trainers.

It was on an early day of April that the duke was sitting in his private room, a pen in one hand, and looking up with a face of pleasurable emotion at his wife, who stood by his side, her right arm sometimes on the back of his chair, and sometimes on his shoulder, while with her other hand, between the intervals of speech, she pressed a handkerchief to her eyes, bedewed with the expression of an affectionate excitement.

The company rose from table, and then began a foul orgy which I should never have conceived possible, and which no pen could describe, though possibly a seasoned profligate might get some idea of it.