pencil
I. 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 3. 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; -ciling or pencilling) Date: circa 1532 1. to paint, draw, write, or mark with a pencil 2. to plan or designate tentatively — used with in <
penciled him in as the nominee
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(made of hair or fine bristles), , , , , / ,


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  • Pencil — Pen cil, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster] With subtile pencil… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pencil — это программа для создания 2D анимации, которая запускается на Mac, Windows, Linux и BSD. Pencil использует единый растрово векторный интерфейс для создания простой 2D графики и анимации. Pencil написан на C++ и основан на Qt. Приложение… …   Википедия

  • pencil — (n.) late 14c., an artist s fine brush of camel hair, from O.Fr. pincel artist s paintbrush (Fr. pinceau), from L. penicillus paintbrush, pencil, lit. little tail, dim. of peniculus brush, itself a dim. of penis tail (see PENIS (Cf. penis)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pencil — [pen′səl] n. [ME pencel < MFr pincel < VL * penicellus < L penicillus, a brush < dim. of penis, a tail, PENIS: mod. sense & form infl. by PEN2] 1. Archaic an artist s small, fine brush 2. the individual style or ability of an artist 3 …   English World dictionary

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  • pencil — ► NOUN ▪ an instrument for writing or drawing, typically consisting of a thin stick of graphite enclosed in wood or a cylindrical case. ► VERB (pencilled, pencilling; US penciled, penciling) 1) write, draw, or colour with a pencil. 2) (p …   English terms dictionary

  • Pencil — Pen cil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penciled}or {Pencilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Penciling} or {Pencilling}.] To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw. Cowper. [1913 Webster] Where nature pencils butterflies on flowers. Harte. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pencil — ⇒PENCIL, subst. masc. Vx. Crayon de maquillage pour les sourcils, les yeux, les lèvres. Ses yeux (...) distinguaient au milieu d un attirail de miroirs à main, de pencils, patte de lièvre, boîtes à poudre et à onguents, (...) l infortunée Déborah …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pencil — as a verb has inflected forms pencilled, pencilling in BrE, and usually penciled, penciling in AmE …   Modern English usage

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  • pencil — penciler; esp. Brit., penciller, n. pencillike, adj. /pen seuhl/, n., v., penciled, penciling or (esp. Brit.) pencilled, pencilling. n. 1. a slender tube of wood, metal, plastic, etc., containing a core or strip of graphite, a solid coloring… …   Universalium

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