pencil in

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • pencil in to write (a tentative appoinment) on an appointment calendar, so as to reserve time, but to allow the appointment to be readily canceled and replaced with another; -- also used figuratively, with other means of recording appointments. The notion being that something written in pencil can be more easily changed than something written in ink. The phrase is commonly used in the early stages of organizing a meeting of multiple persons, before it is known whether all attendees will be free at the suggested time.
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Quotations

  • John Betjeman
    John Betjeman
    “I have a Vision of the Future, chum. The workers flats in fields of soya beans tower up like silver pencils, score on score.”
  • Truman Capote
    Truman Capote
    “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”

Usage

In literature:

He was on the lawn; read it, and wrote back three hasty lines in pencil.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
We found a letter to me in his pocket pencilled his last five minutes.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
But the difference lay in delicate lineaments and shades, reserved for pencils of a rare order.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
My pencil was lying in my waistcoat pocket.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
Chip raised his eyes for a fleeting glance which took in the pencil sketch in her hand.
"Chip, of the Flying U" by B. M. Bower
In this instance, his drawings throughout are in pencil, and he is his own topographer.
"De Libris: Prose and Verse" by Austin Dobson
It was scribbled in pencil on a half sheet torn from an exercise book.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
Islands laid down in pencil, with the latitude and longitude in figures!
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
History with pencil in hand is about to record his deeds upon a tablet before her; conquered towns are at his feet.
"The Youthful Wanderer" by George H. Heffner
Mueller stopped involuntarily, pencil in hand.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
He did not miss, either, Lucas's quick, obedient, expectant gesture in surrendering the pencil.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Should school children reason their responses in case of a fire alarm, in passing pencils, in formal work in arithmetic?
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
There was no power of final rejection in Ballantyne's blue pencil.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
In 1565, graphite was discovered in England, and gave rise to the pencil.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
In "The Chainbearer," the Yankee squatter, Thousandacres, is a repulsive figure, but drawn with a powerful pencil.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
Outlines of writing to be forged are sometimes simply drawn with a pencil, and then worked up in ink.
"Disputed Handwriting" by Jerome B. Lavay
And also he will be poorly equipped when he comes to exchange the pencil for a brush and endeavours to express himself in paint.
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
Barth gave away a black-lead pencil in Aghadez, and afterwards everybody came to ask him for one.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
He scribbled things in pencil on a visiting-card, and sent it on board the big gray monster, by a nice low-necked sailor.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Certain of the letters he drew on paper with a lead pencil and pasted on the back of his hands, so as to keep them in sight.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
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In poetry:

O dreaming monk! thy tale is true;
O painter! true thy pencil's art;
in tones of hope and prophecy,
Ye whisper to my listening heart!
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet, in the warrior's dauntless breast
Fond Hope with mellowing pencil drew;
Pourtray'd the scene when laurel'd rest,
In peace, enjoys the fav'rite few!
"On The Death Of Lieut. Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby. Killed At The Battle Of Alexandria, In Egypt, Marc" by Hector MacNeill
Then as the Lilies turn to red
Dipped in the battles' wine
Another picture is outspread
Where still the figures shine--
The picture of a deadly fray
Worthy the pencil of Vernet!
"Arms And The Man - The Beleaguered Town" by James Barron Hope
Fame ne'er had roused, nor song her records kept;
The gem, the ore, the marble breathing life,
The pencil's colours: all in earth had slept,
Now see them mark with death his victim's strife.
"Ambition" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Hell talkt my brain awake.
Bluffed to the ends of me pain
& I took up a pencil;
like this I'm longing with. One sign
would snow me back, back.
is there anyone in the audience who has lived in vain?
"Dream Song 30: "Collating bones: I would have liked to do"" by John Berryman
Oh, she was peerless in her beauty,
Like the fair moon she walked alone,
And loving her was but a duty,
A spell her loveliness had thrown;
And I thought that I could trace
Erin's pencil on her face
"Isabel" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Put a pencil in Stephen Malkoff's hand, and he's in heaven.
Usher Raymond IV attends the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala in New York City.
Mistakes are inevitable for a team like King's, which has five freshman penciled in to start Saturday's road game against Albright .
Start now, and you can pencil one in almost every weekend through September.
Notable deaths in news 2012-N to Z. TDSB's $143 school pencil sharpener just the beginning .
Most of the events and times are in pencil: dental and doctor's appointments, lunch dates, other commitments, and birthdays of special people.
JEFFERSONVILLE — The pencil-pushing, er, laptop-pushing prognosticators have picked Bedford North Lawrence as the No.5-ranked girls basketball team in Indiana in each of thei.
You folks over in Mabank have known about this kid since he was printing his letters with a fat pencil.
There were quite a few people who penciled in a Penn State win over the Buckeyes before the game.
School's back in session and the backpacks are full of new pencils and notebooks.
Mejia start penciled in for Sept 19.
05 am a student scribbled a threat — "Bomb 11.10" — on a bathroom wall in pencil.
Pencils, scissors, and glue always seem to get lost in the students' desks.
Turn a spot in your yard into a giant version of the classic paper-and-pencil game tic-tac-toe.
After being continually frustrated when my second graders didn't have sharpened pencils ready when needed, I started a morning check-in.
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In science:

In other words the value of a given event shape encodes in a continuous fashion, for example, the transition from pencil-like two-jet events with hadron flow prominently distributed along some axis, to planar three-jet events or events with a spherical distribution of hadron momenta.
Event shapes in e+e- annihilation and deep inelastic scattering
Only very pencil like events, that are sensitive to hadronisation corrections, are overestimated in the Monte Carlo.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
The results presented below are based on revision r13439 of the Pencil Code1 , which is a modular high-order code (sixth order in space and third-order in time) for solving a large range of different partial differential equations.
Test-field method for mean-field coefficients with MHD background
In the results in Section 6 the Pencil Code is shown to be well suited to the smooth, subsonic problem posed here.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Pencil Code apparent method order/rate of convergence measured over each set of three resolutions as denoted in the legend.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Differences in y -velocity between sucessively finer resolutions in one quadrant of the convergence study performed with the Pencil Code at time t = 1.5.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Reassuringly, the 1282 resolution mode amplitude growth curves from the two piecewise parabolic method variations used in Enzo and Athena resemble each other more than they do the result from the Pencil Code.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Differences in density between successively finer resolutions in one quadrant of the convergence study performed with the Pencil Code at time t = 1.5.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
In Pencil, Enzo, Athena, and Phurbas, at late times at low resolution, when the unstable velocity mode value is low, the maximum y -direction kinetic energy is also low.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
All the images have the same limits on the grey scale between density of 0.9883 and 2.0320, the density extremes in the highest resolution result in the Pencil Code convergence study.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Nevertheless it is worth studying because it is a building block in many other problems, such as pencil beam dose algorithms and finding the most likely path of a proton through a degrader.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
It shows beam ellipses corresponding to a 127 MeV proton pencil beam propagating in a near stopping thickness (0.97×range) slab of water, divided into five equal parts.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
Koehler studied, theoretically and experimentally, the limits imposed by multiple Coulomb scattering (MCS) on proton beams of very small initial cross section (‘pencil beams’ in current terminology).
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
However, in parts 4 - 8, we present a framework (i.e., techniques using only paper and pencil) to point out all 118 semigroups and 56 isomorphic types of them.
The monoid consisting of Kuratowski operations
In fact, C cannot be contained in a quadric of rank ≤ 4, since otherwise the systems of maximal linear subspaces on the quadric would give pencils L1 , L2 on C such that H ≃ L1 ⊗ L2 .
Vector bundles of rank 2 computing Clifford indices
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