• WordNet 3.6
    • v pen produce a literary work "She composed a poem","He wrote four novels"
    • n pen female swan
    • n pen a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
    • n pen an enclosure for confining livestock
    • n pen a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
    • n pen a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Electric pen Electric pen
The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth
Shakspeare, quill pen in hand, stands next to a table Shakspeare, quill pen in hand, stands next to a table
An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up
learned men in pen learned men in pen

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens
    • Pen A feather.
    • Pen (Zoöl) A female swan; -- contrasted with cob, the male swan.
    • Pen A penitentiary[6]; a prison.
    • Pen A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs. "My father stole two geese out of a pen ."
    • Pen A wing.
    • Pen An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or graving. "Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock."
    • Pen Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen . "Those learned pens ."
    • Pen (Zoöl) The internal shell of a squid.
    • v. t Pen To shut up, as in a pen or cage; to confine in a small inclosure or narrow space; to coop up, or shut in; to inclose. "Away with her, and pen her up.""Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve."
    • v. t Pen To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet. "A prayer elaborately penned ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Hungarian named Ladislo Biro invented the first ballpoint pen in 1938.
    • pen To shut, inclose, or confine in or as in a pen or other narrow place; hem in; coop up; confine or restrain within very narrow limits: frequently with up.
    • n pen A small inclosure, as for cows, sheep, fowls, etc.; a fold; a sty; a coop.
    • n pen Any inclousure resembling a fold or pen for animals.
    • n pen In the fisheries, a movable receptacle on board ship where fish are put to be iced, etc.
    • n pen A small country house in the mountains of Jamaica.
    • n pen A feather, especially a large feather, of the wing or tail; a quill.
    • n pen A quill, as of a goose or other large bird, cut to a point and split at the nib, used for writing; now, by extension, any instrument (usually of steel, gold, or other metal) of similar form, used for writing by means of a fluid ink. Pens of steel or gold have almost superseded the old quill pens. Pens are also manufactured to some extent of other metallic substances, such as silver, platinum, and alumini-um bronze. Gold pens are usually tipped with a native alloy of osmium and iridium. They possess the advantage of being incorrodible by ink, besides having a fine, quill-like flexibility, and are exceedingly durable.
    • n pen One who uses a pen; a writer; a penman.
    • n pen Style or quality of writing.
    • n pen A pipe; a conduit.
    • n pen A female swan, the male being called a cob. Yarrell, British Birds.
    • n pen In Cephalopoda, an internal homogeneous corneous or chitinous structure replacing the internal shell in certain decacerous cephalopods, such as the typical squids (Loliginidæ): also called gladius and calamary: distinguished from the corresponding sepiost or cuttlebone of the cuttles. See cut under calamary.
    • pen To write; compose and commit to paper.
    • n pen A weir or dam for penning up the water in a stream, canal, or river of any kind, to form a head.
    • n pen A pen or pencil used to record the various degrees of pressure employed in writing. A metal spring, which holds the writing point of metal or graphite, plays against a rubber air-capsule contained in the penholder and connected by rubber tubing to the ordinary recording apparatus.
    • n pen An abbreviation of peninsula.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
    • v.t Pen pen to shut up: to confine in a small enclosure
    • pr.p Pen pen′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. penned or pent
    • n Pen a small enclosure: a fold for animals: a coop
    • n Pen pen one of the large feathers of the wing of a bird: an instrument used for writing, formerly made of the feather of a bird, but now of steel, &c.: style of writing: a female swan—opp. to Cob
    • v.t Pen to write, to commit to paper:—pr.p. pen′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. penned
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  • John Keats
    “When I have fears that I may cease to be, Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain.”
  • Henry Vaughan
    Henry Vaughan
    “Caesar had perished from the world of men, had not his sword been rescued by his pen.”
  • George Henry Lewes
    George Henry Lewes
    “The magic of the pen lies in the concentration of your thoughts upon one object.”
  • Jane Austen
    “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been!”
  • Gabriel Heatter
    Gabriel Heatter
    “More power than all the success slogans ever penned by human hand is the realization for every man that he has but one boss. That boss is the man -- he -- himself.”


Pen is mightier than the sword - The idiom 'the pen is mightier than the sword' means that words and communication are more powerful than wars and fighting.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pennen, AS. pennan, in on-pennan, to unfasten, prob. from the same source as pin, and orig. meaning, to fasten with a peg.See Pin (n. & v.)


In literature:

A priest so situated is like a horse without bridle, a ship without oars, a writer without pens, a bird without wings, etc.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
They scattered a portion of the acorns for bait along the path and up into the pen, to toll the hogs in.
"Two Little Confederates" by Thomas Nelson Page
Mr. Squire explains that the pen name Solomon Eagle has no excuse.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
Pen stepped from the car.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
If objects are capable of record, impressions are beyond the power of the pen.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
He sets aside this whole argument from revelation with a few bold strokes of the pen.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Following his example, I too returned to my desk and took up my pen.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Six tow heads bobbing about a pen in the big barn.
"Harper's Young People, March 23, 1880" by Various
It was with him as he worked in his mahogany pen at Woolridge's.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
When people began to make pens of steel, they made them as nearly like quill pens as possible, with pen and holder all in one.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan

In poetry:

This is the place, this is the state,
Of all that fear the Lord;
Which men nor angels may relate
With tongue, or pen, or word.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
The pottys that wer werthe pens feyffe,
He sold tham for pens thre;
Preveley seyde man and weyffe,
"Ywnder potter schall never the."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
Among those picked and chosen men
Than his, who here first drew his breath,
No firmer fingers held the pen
Which wrote for liberty or death.
"One Of The Signers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“ This is the last song from my pen!"
He cried: his heart was like to break.
He wrote it; then from haunts of men
He fled away for poor pride's sake.
"Fame" by John Joy Bell
O shame too deep for tongue or pen to tell!
That woman opens wide the door of hell
For man to enter—woman, who should be
As true as truth and pure as purity.
"New Year" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Yes, stedfast brethren, he whose feeble pen
Has traced these lines, to others now returns
Bound to himself by closer claim, and men
Not few, whose zeal his fervent tribute earns.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

HOPATCONG — A pen, made to look like a live.338 caliber rifle cartridge , was found on the floor of Hopatcong High School yesterday, Sept 12, causing a lockdown, police said.
Cole took up both his paintbrush and his pen to decry the degradation of the Catskills ' natural beauty by the axe and the railroad.
Dia-Pen's unparalled performance and superior design translate into reliable and predictable clinical outcomes.
Pens and colors, dimensioning preferences and scale.
Although he has recently penned personal letters of apology to many of the New Republic colleagues he duped, his "faction" novel undercuts those regrets.
His friends and relations robbed New Orleans blind when Morial ran City Hall, but he skated off to become head of the National Urban League while they trooped off to the pen.
Mertens is just another pen rider.
4 US food retailer, to phase out pork from cramped sow pens within 10 years.
HarperCollins is readying for publication two new novels penned by the late author, who was behind the hits "Jurassic Park" and "ER.
The Pen, Mightier Than the Brush.
Now, I'm an organized person, and have always loved a calendar, beginning with my student planner back in the dark ages of pen and paper.
Bill Dees , the songwriter who penned "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison, has died in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Reuters reports.
Singer-songwriter Bill Dees , who penned the hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison, has died.
' Delirium ' author Lauren Oliver will pen a book for adults.
Some songwriters compose with a pen and pad, nestling a guitar in their laps.

In science:

Consequently, Dav´e et al. predict a soft X-ray flux ∼ 100 times less than that of Pen and WFN, sufficiently low to be consistent with the observed (unresolved) background.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Tree algorithms may be used (Salmon 1996) or multiple FFTs with appropriate boundary conditions (Pen 1997).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
The algorithm we develop extends the ideas of Pen.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Following Pen (1998), for the mass scales of interest we can approximate σ(M ) ∝ M −α where α ≃ 0.27 for the currently popular ΛCDM cosmology.
Weak Lensing as a Calibrator of the Cluster Mass-Temperature Relation
It is more important that the uncertainty of αg−2 originates from understanding of the electron behaviour in the Penning trap and it dominates any QED uncertainty.
Simple Atoms, Quantum Electrodynamics and Fundamental Constants