Definitions of pencil

  1. write, draw, or trace with a pencil; " he penciled a figure"
  2. a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
  3. a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; " an eyebrow pencil"
  4. a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point
  5. 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"
  6. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.
  7. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc.
  8. An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
  9. A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point.
  10. A small medicated bougie.
  11. To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw.
  12. 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.
  13. A small fine brush used by artists; a pointed instrument of black lead, etc., often inclosed in wood, and used for writing, drawing, etc.
  14. To write, sketch, etc., with, or as with, a pencil.
  15. 1. A roll of lint or other material in the form of a cylinder. 2. A stick of lunar caustic pointed like a pencil. 3. All the rays of light focussed at a given point.
  16. A small hairbrush for laying on colors: any pointed instrument for writing or drawing without ink: a collection of rays of light converging to a point: the art of painting or drawing.
  17. To write, sketch, or mark with a pencil: to paint or draw:- pr. p. pencilling; pa. t. and pa. p. pencilled.
  18. Small brush for painting; instrument of black lead, & c., for writing or drawing; a collection of rays.
  19. To write, draw, or paint with a pencil.
  20. To mark, write, or draw with a pencil.
  21. A long, pointed strip of wood enclosing a slip of graphite, slate, etc., used for writing, drawing, etc.
  22. A small, finely pointed paintbrush.
  23. A group of lines or rays diverging from a given point.
  24. 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.
  25. To mark, paint or draw, as with a pencil.
  26. 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.
  27. To write, mark, or sketch with a pencil; to delineate.

Usage examples for pencil

  1. Taking out my card, I wrote on it in pencil the address of the hotel at which I was staying. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  2. We shall begin digging here," and he made a small mark with a pencil on the map. – Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold by Victor Appleton
  3. One of them was open, with a pencil lying beside it. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  4. She handed him a pencil drawing that showed him sitting, head forward, looking down. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau
  5. Didn't he want a pencil and paper to make notes on? – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  6. But, almost at the last minute, Bunny could not find his large pencil box. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store by Laura Lee Hope
  7. " Or make marks on me with your pen or pencil – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  8. " Why, mine's written in pencil – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  9. She folded it again in two little notes of Anthony's, written in pencil and placed it in her bosom. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  10. I'll never, never, never touch a pencil to draw with again! – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  11. " You will find," said the quiet voice of Monsieur Dupont, " a pencil in the ground at the exact spot. – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  12. But he had neither paper nor pencil – David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
  13. Then Cunningham took paper and a pencil and read aloud the answer that he wrote to Byng- bahadur. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  14. Carlino explained that he would not walk with them, but would follow, note- book and pencil in hand. – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  15. He did them with a pencil – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  16. Pencil marks are so hard to get out. – Tom Swift and his Motor-cycle by Victor Appleton
  17. His man is his oyster, which he, not with sword, but with pencil and note- book, must open. – A Mortal Antipathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  18. Few men carry so hard a pencil sir. – The Mardi Gras Mystery by H. Bedford-Jones
  19. Take your paper and pencil Frank, said Uncle Robert, and draw a plan of it. – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  20. Take this pencil and this book. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson