Definitions of pencil

  1. To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw.
  2. To write, sketch, etc., with, or as with, a pencil.
  3. To write, sketch, or mark with a pencil: to paint or draw:- pr. p. pencilling; pa. t. and pa. p. pencilled.
  4. To write, draw, or paint with a pencil.
  5. To mark, write, or draw with a pencil.
  6. To mark, paint or draw, as with a pencil.
  7. To write, mark, or sketch with a pencil; to delineate.
  8. a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
  9. a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; " an eyebrow pencil"
  10. a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point
  11. 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"
  12. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.
  13. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc.
  14. An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
  15. A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point.
  16. A small medicated bougie.
  17. 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.
  18. A small fine brush used by artists; a pointed instrument of black lead, etc., often inclosed in wood, and used for writing, drawing, etc.
  19. Small brush for painting; instrument of black lead, & c., for writing or drawing; a collection of rays.
  20. A long, pointed strip of wood enclosing a slip of graphite, slate, etc., used for writing, drawing, etc.
  21. A small, finely pointed paintbrush.
  22. A group of lines or rays diverging from a given point.
  23. A small brush used by painters for laying on colours; a pointed instrument of black- lead, coloured chalk, & c.; a collection of rays of light.
  24. A thin strip or thread of plumbago or black- lead, or other substance, generally enclosed in a cover of soft wood, and pointed at one end, used for writing or drawing; a small fine brush used in painting; the art of drawing; a collection of rays of light converging to, or diverging from, a single point.