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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a pencil/ink/charcoal etc drawing (=done using a pencil, ink etc)
▪ I like to do a few pencil drawings when I go away anywhere.
eyebrow pencil
mechanical pencil
pencil case
pencil pusher
pencil sharpener
pencil skirt
propelling pencil
▪ Therefore the basic submission that a blue pencil should have been applied throughout the interview was rejected.
▪ Across the bottom of each handbill, in blue pencil, Soo wrote Milk.
▪ Cut by a royal blue pencil Points of Order.
▪ There was a peanut-butter jar that held pencils, yellow eraser-tipped pencils and the blue pencils for drafting.
▪ Here I have used a soft pencil to describe the birds after tracing them out.
▪ Try lining the upper lids with a soft sage eye-contouring pencil.
▪ I always use a soft pencil as it glides over the page.
▪ Then transfer your measurements to the face of the card using a soft pencil.
▪ I can't remember a word of his, but mine concerned a red fluffy pencil case named Biscuit.
▪ Another picture, a pen and pencil drawing, is a more devastating exposure still.
▪ On one side, underneath the writing in ink, is a small pencil drawing of an animal.
▪ This was also necessary in order to obscure all traces of the original pencil drawing.
▪ This method can give all the nuances of a pencil drawing.
▪ These pieces are engraved with the delicacy of a fine line pencil drawing.
▪ A late pencil drawing by Vaughan, 1967, depicts naked male figures, crouching and climbing.
▪ Yves Saint Laurent No. 3 eyebrow pencil.
▪ His leg sort of jams into the plastic like a pencil into a pencil sharpener.
▪ What is this pencil sketch that looks like a ground plan of the radio factory?
▪ Belted suit and long slim line pencil skirt with split, in raspberry, teal and black, £69.99.
▪ Until he was 70 he drew in pencil and in pen and wash with great neatness.
▪ This was before she found, on the sole of her shoe, a heart drawn in pencil.
▪ I draw in pencil on to the board and then work directly into the drawing.
▪ When Nechita was 2, she started drawing and coloring with pencils, pen and ink and crayons.
▪ Keeping the string tight, draw the pencil around the foci.
▪ Sometimes teachers I know draw little pencil lines here and there in the books.
▪ We drew pencil ellipses; we copied the arcs made by the tops of flower vases.
▪ One way would be to hold up a pencil at arm's length and measure their relative sizes as an artist might.
▪ It may also show how well the child pays attention or how comfortable a child is holding and using a pencil.
▪ Their coordination is less well-developed, too: they find it harder to turn somersaults or hold a pencil properly for long.
▪ He also threatened her by holding a sharpened pencil tip to one of her eyes.
▪ There was a peanut-butter jar that held pencils, yellow eraser-tipped pencils and the blue pencils for drafting.
▪ He did not have good fine motor control, holding the pencil awkwardly and frowning slightly as he drew.
▪ Claudel picked up the pencil, finished his task.
▪ Let me pick up a pencil.
▪ Ralph picked a pencil out of her pencil cup.
▪ Philip sharpened one of his pencils that Lee must have broken, sharpened it too much and the lead broke again.
▪ R.: an ordinary clipboard and a sharpened yellow pencil.
▪ Livesey is quite capable of looking after that particular angle, and no doubt he is sharpening his pencil for this purpose already.
▪ I used to take candy bars, little toys, sharpened pencils, anything small and easy to mail to school.
▪ Pursuivant sharpened his pencil, opened his notebook, and wrote down the date.
▪ He also threatened her by holding a sharpened pencil tip to one of her eyes.
▪ She pulled a fresh pile of paper from her desk drawer, sharpened her pencil and got down to work.
▪ I arrange my papers in an orderly fashion on my driftwood desk and sharpen my pencils, as I always do.
▪ He taps his pencil up and down as he waits for the finance director to finish.
▪ He tapped the pencil tip on the paper.
▪ She stood over her desk, reading the notations on the jacket, tapping a pencil on a pad.
▪ No patient has ever reported being tapped with a pencil point, for example.
▪ I use the pencils for techniques such as cross-hatching, contour and scribble drawing, shading and frottage.
▪ It may also show how well the child pays attention or how comfortable a child is holding and using a pencil.
▪ I will use my pencil light from the base of the big tree just before I make the run.
▪ However, Sean performed poorly on tasks that required him to use a pencil or pen to perform copying assignments.
▪ Here I have used a soft pencil to describe the birds after tracing them out.
▪ If they used a shorter pencil, they had to apply more force because they were pushing closer to the fulcrum.
▪ There are so many varieties of technique, style and tone that you can use with a pencil.
▪ How could you use the pencils to help you lift the books?
▪ The third is written in pencil and partially erased.
▪ The letter is written in pencil, as is the address on the outside.
▪ I still have a letter written in pencil from his camp at Laisamis on his way to Nairobi in 1914.
▪ There was something written in pencil on the back.
indelible ink/pencil/marker etc
▪ All voters' hands will be dyed with indelible ink, and both the vote and the count will be conducted locally.
▪ a red pencil
▪ Another picture, a pen and pencil drawing, is a more devastating exposure still.
▪ Anyone got a pencil and paper?
▪ As the children arrive, give them a pencil and paper and ask them to join one of three or four groups.
▪ Friedman argued that no single person, even a Nobel laureate, could make a pencil.
▪ Let the students see that the student is able to cover both sides without lifting the pencil.
▪ The teacher's cool pencil charts normal against the brown of the girl's cheek.
▪ There were several colors of pencils, even a slide rule, at which she was frowning.
▪ I found her name penciled inside the back cover of the book.
▪ A hearing has been pencilled in for September 17.
▪ Hoare said last night it now expected to be trimming its full year forecast back from the £30m pencilled in so far.
▪ She can pencil in the weight she hopes to be at the end of each month.
▪ We may pencil in the forest and the ponds.
▪ We wander through it like Casaubon, clutching lists we've pencilled on the backs of envelopes.
▪ With clear signs of a recovery, analysts are pencilling in a modest profit for the full year.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pencil \Pen"cil\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penciledor 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.


Pencil \Pen"cil\, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.]

  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 Graphite.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "an artist's fine brush of camel hair," from Old French pincel "artist's paintbrush" (13c., Modern French pinceau), from Latin penicillus "painter's brush, hair-pencil," literally "little tail," diminutive of peniculus "brush," itself a diminutive of penis "tail" (see penis). Small brushes formerly were used for writing before modern lead or chalk pencils; meaning "graphite writing implement" apparently evolved late 16c. Derogatory slang pencil-pusher "office worker" is from 1881; pencil neck "weak person" first recorded 1973.


1530s, "to mark or sketch with a pencil-brush," from pencil (n.). In reference to lead pencils from 1760s. Related: Penciled; penciling. To pencil (something) in "arrange tentatively" is attested from 1942.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) A paintbrush. 2 Writing utensil that uses graphite (commonly referred to as lead). Regular pencils usually have a graphite shaft surrounded by wood. Also available in a mechanical version where the graphite length can be adjusted and sharpening is not needed. 3 (context geometry English) A family of geometric objects with a common property, such as the set of lines that pass through a given point in a projective plane. 4 (context optics English) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point. 5 (context medicine archaic English) A small medicated bougie. vb. to write something using a pencil

  1. n. a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood

  2. 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"

  3. a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point

  4. a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; "an eyebrow pencil"

  5. [also: pencilling, pencilled]

  1. v. write, draw, or trace with a pencil; "he penciled a figure"

  2. [also: pencilling, pencilled]


A pencil is a writing implement or art medium constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing which prevents the core from being broken or leaving marks on the user’s hand during use.

Pencils create marks by physical abrasion, leaving behind a trail of solid core material that adheres to a sheet of paper or other surface. They are distinct from pens, which instead disperse a trail of liquid or gel ink that stains the light colour of the paper.

Most pencil cores are made of graphite mixed with a clay binder which leaves grey or black marks that can be easily erased. Graphite pencils are used for both writing and drawing and result in durable markings: though writing is easily removable with an eraser, it is otherwise resistant to moisture, most chemicals, ultraviolet radiation, and natural aging. Other types of pencil core are less widely used, such as charcoal pencils, which are mainly used by artists for drawing and sketching. Coloured pencils are sometimes used by teachers or editors to correct submitted texts, but are typically regarded as art supplies, especially those with waxy core binders that tend to smear on paper instead of erasing. Grease pencils have a softer, crayon-like waxy core that can leave marks on smooth surfaces such as glass or porcelain.

The most common type of pencil casing is of thin wood, usually hexagonal in section but sometimes cylindrical, permanently bonded to the core. Similar permanent casings may be constructed of other materials such as plastic or paper. To use the pencil, the casing must be carved or peeled off to expose the working end of the core as a sharp point. Mechanical pencils have more elaborate casings which support mobile pieces of pigment core that can be extended or retracted through the casing tip as needed.

Pencil (disambiguation)

A pencil is a handheld instrument used to write and draw, usually on paper.

Pencil may also refer to:

  • paintbrush, as pencil was a name for this brushes now obsolete
  • Pencil (optics), a beam of radiant energy in the form of a narrow cone or cylinder
  • Pencil (mathematics), a family of geometric objects
  • Matrix pencil, a pair of matrices used in a generalized eigenvalue problem
  • Pencil2D, an open-source drawing and animation app
  • Pencil (film), an upcoming Tamil film
  • Apple Pencil, a stylus device released by Apple Inc.
Pencil (mathematics)

A pencil in projective geometry is a family of geometric objects with a common property, for example the set of lines that pass through a given point in a projective plane.

More generally, a pencil is the special case of a linear system of divisors in which the parameter space is a projective line. Typical pencils of curves in the projective plane, for example, are written as

λC + μC′ = 0


C = 0, C′ = 0

are plane curves.

A pencil of planes, the family of planes through a given straight line, is sometimes referred to as a fan or a sheaf.

Pencil (optics)

In optics, a pencil or pencil of rays is a geometric construct used to describe a beam or portion of a beam of electromagnetic radiation or charged particles, typically in the form of a narrow cone or cylinder.

Antennas which strongly bundle in azimuth and elevation are often described as "pencil-beam" antennas. For example a phased array antenna can send out a beam that is extremely thin. Such antennas are used for tracking radar. See Beamforming for further details.

In optics, the focusing action of a lens is often described in terms of pencils of rays. In addition to conical and cylindrical pencils, optics deals with astigmatic pencils as well.

In electron optics, scanning electron microscopes use narrow pencil beams to achieve a deep depth of field.

Ionizing radiation used in radiation therapy, whether photons or charged particles, such as proton therapy and electron therapy machines, is sometimes delivered through the use of pencil beam scanning.

Pencil (film)

Pencil is a 2016 Indian Tamil thriller film written and directed by debutant Mani Nagaraj and produced by S. P. Ragavesh. The film features G. V. Prakash Kumar and Sri Divya in the lead roles, with the former also composing the film's music. The film was released on 13 May 2016.

Usage examples of "pencil".

Symptoms of perivesical abscess were present, and seventeen days after the operation, and fifty days after the introduction of the pencil, the patient died.

He reached for his agenda and penciled in her name on the appropriate page.

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.

They even managed to get six hundred amperes through a piece of lead wire no bigger than a pencil lead.

From its chains dangled various chatelettes made from rustproof materials: brass scissors, a golden etui with a manicure set inside, a bodkin, a spoon, a vinaigrette, a needle-case, a small looking-glass, a cup-sized strainer for spike-leaves, a timepiece that had stopped, and whose case was inlaid with ivory and bronze, a workbox containing small reels of thread, an enameled porcelain thimble and a silver one, silver-handled buttonhooks and a few spare buttonsglass-topped, enclosing tiny picturesa miniature portrait of her mother worked in enamels, several rowan-wood tilhals, a highly ornamented anlace, a penknife, an empty silver-gilt snuff-box, and a pencil.

The courtier checked over the ornate clasp holding together the medley of chatelettes: the scissors, the manicure set, bodkin, spoon, vinaigrette, needle-case, the looking-glass and spike-leaf strainer, the faulty timepiece, the workbox, the portrait and tilhals, the anlace, penknife, snuff-box, and pencil.

The lead broke and Arra laid the pencil down, exerting all her will to keep her hand from shaking.

A pencil, drawn over the sole of the foot, occasioned a visible shrinking movement, and, on looking once more at the eyes, I detected a slight change that told me that the atropine was beginning to take effect.

The whole scene, the close, desperate fighting, the carcasses of the mules, the officers and men crouching behind them, the flaming stacks of bhoosa, the flashes of the rifles, and over all and around all, the darkness of the night--is worthy of the pencil of De Neuville.

Everything working out to perfection with a pencil and a piece of paper, or a blackboard and some chalk.

The bookman extracted a pencil from his shirt pocket and tapped it against the palm of one hand like a metronome.

Whenever he noticed that, Egremont would pause a little and repeat in simpler form what he had been saying, with the satisfactory result that Bunce showed a clearer face and jotted something on his dirty note-book with his stumpy pencil.

When he came on the line again, Chabot took down a few words in pencil on his blotter while he listened.

How even Clift could get on her nerves if he watched her too closely and commented on her every move, analyzing the way she bit a pencil or scratched her nose.

We printed out the clunky pictures, and used colored pencils to embellish the hard copy, hoping to see something stunning.