any of various instruments for writing or drawing with ink or a similar substance.
a detachable metal penpoint, filled by dipping or with a quill; nib.
such a penpoint with its penholder.
the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship:
The pen is mightier than the sword.
a person’s style or quality of writing:
He writes with a witty, incisive pen.
I leave this story to abler pens.
the profession of writing:
a master of the pen.
Computers. (def 3).
something resembling or suggesting a feather or quill.
Zoology. an internal, corneous or chitinous, feather-shaped structure in certain cephalopods, as the squid.
verb (used with object), penned, penning.
to write with or as with a pen; put down in writing:
to pen an essay.
to draw with or as with a pen:
to pen a sketch.
a small enclosure for domestic animals.
animals so enclosed:
We have a pen of twenty sheep.
an enclosure used for confinement or safekeeping:
We have built several pens to hold our harvest of corn.
a dock having a protective concrete structure overhead, used to service and repair submarines.
verb (used with object), penned or pent, penning.
to confine in or as in a pen.
an implement for writing or drawing using ink, formerly consisting of a sharpened and split quill, and now of a metal nib attached to a holder See also ballpoint, fountain pen
the writing end of such an implement; nib
style of writing
the long horny internal shell of a squid
verb pens, penning, penned
(transitive) to write or compose
an enclosure in which domestic animals are kept: sheep pen
any place of confinement
a dock for servicing submarines, esp one having a bombproof roof
verb pens, penning, penned, pent
(transitive) to enclose or keep in a pen
(US & Canadian, informal) short for penitentiary (sense 1)
a female swan
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“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.)).
Latin 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” (cf. spike (n.1)) and see the “feather/wing” sense as secondary.
In 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.
“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.”
slang, “prison,” 1884, shortening of penitentiary; earlier use (1845) probably is a figurative extension of pen (n.2).
late 15c., from pen (n.). Related: Penned; penning.
“to enclose in a pen,” c.1200, from Old English *pennian, from the source of pen (n.2). Related: Penned; penning.
A prison of any sort, esp a penitentiary (1845+)
bullpen, hen-pen, pigpen, poison-pen letter, push a pen
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Peru-nuevo sol (currency)
see: slip of the lip (pen)
[pen-l] /ˈpɛn l/ noun 1. Joseph, 1860–1926, U.S. etcher, illustrator, and writer.
[pen] /pɛn/ noun 1. any of various instruments for writing or drawing with ink or a similar substance. 2. a detachable metal penpoint, filled by dipping or with a quill; nib. 3. such a penpoint with its penholder. 4. fountain pen. 5. ball-point pen. 6. the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship: The […]
[pen-ee] /ˈpɛn i/ noun 1. J(ames) C(ash) 1875–1971, U.S. retail merchant. /ˈpɛnɪ/ noun 1. William George, Baron Penney of East Hendred. 1909–91, British mathematician. He worked on the first atomic bomb and became chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (1964–67)
noun 1. a town in W Pennsylvania.