• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pens pĕns pl. of Penny; pence.
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • n pens An obsolete form of pence, plural of penny.
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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.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.”
  • 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!”


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.


In literature:

My pen should do much better for me than the odd L1000 a year.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
On landing at Natchez, the slaves were all carried to the slave-pen, and there kept one week, during which time, several of them were sold.
"The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave" by William Wells Brown
Around her clustered a new chivalry, whose gentle deeds were wrought not only with the sword, but with the pen.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
Mamma and Papa Wibblewobble were sitting in front of the duck pen, talking with Grandfather Goosey-Gander and the big rooster.
"Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble" by Howard R. Garis
After wasting his property in Italy and Spain, he returned to London to earn his bread by the pen.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
The verses would come rushing from my pen.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
He sat down, equipped himself with stationery, and selected a new point for a pen.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
I suppose your name for it is the Hefta Pens.
"The English Gipsies and Their Language" by Charles G. Leland
Each of these halves was again divided into fifteen pens 10 by 12 feet, with a 10 by 30 run for each pen.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
It is apparent, if the Writer has not employed his pen in vain, that against this influence there is no just ground of complaint.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth

In poetry:

"To all who dumbly suffered,
His tongue and pen he offered;
His life was not his own,
Nor lived for self alone.
"An Autograph" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, yes, dip your pen in gold
before you grow too old
before you grow too old
before you, indeed, grow too old.
"Dip your pen in gold" by Patience Strong
Usurping Sun the sky-folk pens
Unwindowed in his blue;
The trumpet blare of common-sense
Our hearing deafens too:
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd
Then, with her kindled pen,
For justice did she plead,
And light the torch of sentiment,
That every bondman freed.
"In Memory of Harriet Beecher Stowe" by George Hannibal Temple
And much that prudence will not dip
The pen to fix and send away,
Passed safely over from the lip
That summer day.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
He had neede of store of tyme
That would his pen prepare,
To sett forth theire agonyes
Theire dredd hope and feare.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer

In news:

Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right Front National, came third in the first round of France's presidential election with 17.9 percent of the vote.
You get No Problemo Amigo , a new play penned by 30-year-old Columbian writer, Jaime Espinal.
An animal rights group has bought NFL star Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound in Virginia and plans to turn it into a rehabilitation center for chained and penned dogs.
Navy sailors Matthew Jackson, Rodney Price, Travis Arnall, Miles Wade, Jeorge Makinose and Jeremy Speers spread gravel to re-grade a goat pen.
And I have previously penned several scathing lines on the Argonaut 's ill-conceived chocolate stout chicken wings—which, I discovered during a recent visit, are no longer on the menu.
Before hitting the Top 10 on his own, Phil Vassar scored by penning hits for stars like Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson.
In a letter penned for Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland's political project 90 Days, 90 Reasons, R.E.M.
Pens ' arrogant ,' Orpik hit 'dirty'.
Auden , Cecil Day-Lewis, and Stephen Spender during a PEN conference in Venice, 1949.
Thirteen-year-old Alicia Huliganga was inspired after the event to write a poem — a poem called "Lingering Soul" so good, it seemed as if it had come from the pen of someone much older.
Portland lawyer pens a colorful, Oregon-based caper, proving truth is stranger than fiction.
Here's why so many Americans will find themselves voting for Romney or Obama with a pen and paper rather than a modern voting machine.
Angelina Jolie pens foreword to Billy Bob Thornton's book.
'Shasta Dam looking south' Watercolor and pen on paper.
Stopping seizures with a pen.

In science:

PEn>0 means a sum over those n (positive and negative) for which En = E + nω > 0 (the negative values En < 0 correspond to bound states near the oscillating scatterer which do not directly contribute to the current) [219].
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
Other schemes which could be defined as quasi-Lagrangian include those described by Gnedin (1995) and Pen (1995).
A new multidimensional AMR Hydro+Gravity Cosmological code
The prospects for measuring the cosmological 21-cm signal are good in view of the planed telescopes like the Low Frequency Array ‡ (LOFAR), the Primeval Structure Telescope § (Peterson, Pen & We 2005), and the Square Kilometer Array¶ .
The Alcock-Paczynski test in redshifted twenty one centimeter maps
Others hope that new technologies such as Penning traps might make it possible to extract useful predictions from classical equations of motion.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
In the mSME, the only framework that has been applied to Penning trap experiments, the g factor for electrons and positrons receive no corrections at lowest order.
Modern tests of Lorentz invariance