[pen-suh-ling] /ˈpɛn sə lɪŋ/
work or markings done with or as if with a or brush, especially fine or delicate work done with a or brush on a painting or drawing.
a drawing or sketch made with a .
[pen-suh l] /ˈpɛn səl/
a slender tube of wood, metal, plastic, etc., containing a core or strip of graphite, a solid coloring material, or the like, used for writing or drawing.
a stick of cosmetic coloring material for use on the eyebrows, eyelids, etc.
anything shaped or used like a pencil, as a stick of medicated material:
a styptic pencil.
a narrow set of lines, light rays, or the like, diverging from or converging to a point:
a pencil of sunlight.
a slender, pointed piece of a substance used for marking.
style or skill in drawing or delineation:
He favored the late products of the artist’s pencil.
Mathematics. the collection of lines, planes, or surfaces passing through a given point or set of points and satisfying a given equation or condition.
Archaic. an artist’s paintbrush, especially for fine work.
verb (used with object), penciled, penciling or (especially British) pencilled, pencilling.
to write, draw, mark, or color with, or as if with, a pencil.
to use a pencil on.
pencil in, to schedule or list tentatively, as or as if by writing down in pencil rather than in ink:
I’ll pencil you in for ten o’clock.
something similar in shape or function: a styptic pencil, an eyebrow pencil
a narrow set of lines or rays, such as light rays, diverging from or converging to a point
(archaic) an artist’s fine paintbrush
(rare) an artist’s individual style or technique in drawing
verb (transitive) -cils, -cilling, -cilled (US) -cils, -ciling, -ciled
to draw, colour, or write with a pencil
to mark with a pencil
pencil in, to note, arrange, include, etc provisionally or tentatively
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.
To work out details; study: Let me pencil this idea for a while (1990s+)
have lead in one’s pencil
see: put lead in one’s pencil
- Pencil neck
noun, Informal. 1. a person, as a clerk or bookkeeper, whose work involves a considerable amount of writing, record-keeping, etc. noun An office worker, esp a clerk, bookkeeper, or the like; desk jockey: The number of pencil pushers and typists has increased (1881+)
noun 1. a stripe of varying widths, especially a dark stripe on a light ground. 2. a pattern of such stripes. 3. a fabric or garment having such stripes.
noun 1. a computer, as a personal digital assistant, having pattern-recognition software enabling it to read handwritten text or drawings input on the screen by means of a stylus.