Meaning of PENCIL in English

■ noun

1》 an instrument for writing or drawing, typically consisting of a thin stick of graphite enclosed in a long, thin piece of wood or fixed in a thin cylindrical case.

2》 Physics & Geometry a set of light rays, lines, etc. converging to or diverging narrowly from a point.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ling , ~led ; US ~s , ~ing , ~ed )

1》 write, draw, or colour with a ~.

2》 ( ~ something in ) arrange or note down something provisionally.


~ler noun


ME (denoting a fine paintbrush): from OFr. pincel , from a dimin. of L. peniculus 'brush', dimin. of penis 'tail'.

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