Meaning of PENCIL in English

I. ˈpen(t)-səl noun

Etymology: Middle English pensel, from Anglo-French pincel, from Vulgar Latin * penicellus, alteration of Latin penicillus, diminutive of peniculus brush, from diminutive of penis tail, penis

Date: 14th century

1. : an artist's brush

2. : an artist's individual skill or style


a. : an implement for writing, drawing, or marking consisting of or containing a slender cylinder or strip of a solid marking substance

b. : a small medicated or cosmetic roll or stick for local applications

4. : a set of geometric objects each pair of which has a common property

the lines in a plane through a point comprise a pencil of lines

5. : something (as a beam of radiation) long and thin like a pencil

II. transitive verb

( -ciled or -cilled ; -cil·ing or pen·cil·ling -s(ə-)liŋ)

Date: circa 1532

1. : to paint, draw, write, or mark with a pencil

2. : to plan or designate tentatively — used with in

pencil ed him in as the nominee

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.