• A Pencil Study
    A Pencil Study
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pencil write, draw, or trace with a pencil "he penciled a figure"
    • n pencil a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
    • n pencil a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face "an eyebrow pencil"
    • n pencil a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point
    • n pencil graphite (or a similar substance) used in such a way as to be a medium of communication "the words were scribbled in pencil","this artist's favorite medium is pencil"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The typical lead pencil can draw a line that is thirty five miles long
    • Pencil (Geom) A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point.
    • Pencil A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, graphite, colored chalk, slate etc., or such a cylinder or strip inserted in a small wooden rod intended to be pointed, or in a case, which forms a handle, -- used for drawing or writing. See Graphite.
    • Pencil (Med) A small medicated bougie.
    • Pencil A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. "With subtile pencil depainted was this storie."
    • Pencil (Opt) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
    • Pencil Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc.
    • v. t Pencil To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw. "Where nature pencils butterflies on flowers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S., 75% of the pencils sold are painted yellow
    • n pencil A small fine brush, such as may be used by a painter in laying on paints; technically, a special type of pointed brush the hairs of which are held by a quill ferrule with a wooden handle which is often detachable. The hair may be sable, fitch, camel's hair, or ox-hair, and may be brought to a point or be square on the ends. Such brushes are used in water-color and miniature painting, lettering, striping, and ornamenting.
    • n pencil Figuratively, the art of painting; also, skill in painting or delineation; style of delineation.
    • n pencil An instrument for marking, drawing, or writing, formed of graphite, colored chalk, or a material of similar properties, and having a tapering end; specifically, a thin strip of such substance in closed in a cylinder of soft wood or in a metal case with a tapering end.
    • n pencil Writing done with a pencil, as distinguished from that done with ink: as, a note written in pencil.
    • n pencil In optics, all the rays of light which diverge from or converge to a given point.
    • n pencil In geometry, the figure formed by a number of lines which meet in one point.
    • n pencil In zoology, a tuft or little brush, as of hair or feathers. Also called penicillium.
    • n pencil See the adjectives.
    • pencil To paint or draw; execute with a pencil or in pencil; mark with penciling or as with a pencil: as, finely penciled eyebrows.
    • pencil To write with a pencil.
    • n pencil See pencel.
    • pencil In medicine, to apply a remedy to (an inflamed spot, etc.) with a fine brush: as, to pencil a wound with lunar caustic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
    • n Pencil pen′sil a small hair brush for laying on colours: any pointed instrument for writing or drawing without ink: a collection of rays of light converging to a point: the art of painting or drawing
    • v.t Pencil to write, sketch, or mark with a pencil: to paint or draw:—pr.p. pen′cilling; pa.t. and pa.p. pen′cilled
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.”
  • 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.”
  • Bob Grinde
    Bob Grinde
    “Go out and buy yourself a five-cent pencil and a ten-cent notebook and begin to write down some million-dollar ideas for yourself.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “One dull pencil is worth two sharp minds.”
  • Josh Jenkins
    Josh Jenkins
    “To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.”
  • Truman Capote
    Truman Capote
    “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”


Sharpen your pencil - (USA) If someone says this when negotiating, they want the other person to make a better offer, a lower price.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis, a tail. Cf. Penicil


In literature:

I thought I would finish sharpening my pencil.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
John Thoreau was assisted in the pencil-making by the whole family.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
The mere use of the pen and pencil do not give a knowledge of this branch.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Tenniel rose to the position and to the full height of the great events that courted his pencil.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
On the table in loose sheets were some pencilled memoranda on names, authors, and dates of publication.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
She sucked the end of the lead pencil meditatively.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
A slip of paper and a pencil is given to each player, who must then write a number of adjectives upon it.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
Someone has been reading my very copy of this book, for it is marked with pencil and whole chapters have been thumbed.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
Have you brought your pencil box?
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
The promise is in the pencil of Creswick.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various

In poetry:

Here I lay
You at rest--all worn away,
O my pencil, to the tip
Of our old companionship!
"A Worn-Out Pencil" by James Whitcomb Riley
Oh! I can see around them now
A radiant light doth shine,
A light that mocks the pencil's pride,
A light that is divine.
"Song Of The Converted Heathen" by James Avis Bartley
I wandered afar from the land of my birth,
I saw the old rivers, renowned upon earth,
But fancy still painted that wide-flowing stream
With the many-hued pencil of infancy's dream.
"The Hudson" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Pleasing, when youth is long expired, to trace
The forms our pencil or our pen design'd!
"Such was our youthful air, and shape, and face!
Such the soft image of our youthful mind!"
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
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
The song it 'vails not to recite—
But, sure, to soothe our youthful dreams,
Those banks and streams appear'd more bright
Than other banks, than other streams;
Or, by the softening pencil shown,
Assume they beauties not their own?
"Ode to Memory" by William Shenstone

In news:

He asks that each participant brings a notebook and pencil.
14-year-old arrested at Colored Pencils Preschool.
Kids valleywide are putting pencil to paper to create their annual wish lists, which will be sent to the jolly elf at the North Pole.
CLINTON — It used to be that students would bring their pencils and open minds, and the schools would provide the rest.
Silicon Valley startup Wealthfront is aiming to bring tax-avoidance tools to the 99%, or at least investors who currently wouldn't qualify for the white glove and sharp pencil treatment of a private wealth manager (or care to pay their fees).
Likely five-song release is penciled in for December 18.
More and more electronics are replacing textbooks, paper and pencils.
Kindergarden teacher Laura Valencia, at bottom, passes out pencils to her young students at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Sacramento.
More than 1,000 children this week have the opportunity to meet a new friend by putting pencil to paper.
A hundred years ago, Jewish people would put pencil to paper and send off their question to the rabbi and then await a response.
I went on to offer pencils and school supplies before moving into toys in the 1940s.
Getting on my soapbox here, I worry too many designers are intent on proving their prowess with the pencil rather than providing a garden embracing some solid garden virtues like sanctuary and beauty.
Analog dial gauges are about as accurate as the quality pencil type gauges .
Sharp-shinned hawks have a broad chest and thin pencil-like legs.
Kids practice using pencils instead of instruments.

In science:

So obtained pencil of Hamiltonian structures provides us with quasihomogeneous [Du4] flat pencil of metrics.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Since obtained pencil of Hamiltonian structures satisfies J acobi identity we have a flat pencil of metrics.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Then M admits symplectic foliations of Kupka type which are not symplectic Lefschetz pencils.
Codimension one symplectic foliations
We say that the map φ is a meromorphic first integral of the foliation represented by α. A branched Lefschetz pencil (a Lefschetz pencil satisfying the following conditions: i.
Codimension one symplectic foliations
First, we can recover Donaldson’s result on the existence of Lefschetz pencils.
Codimension one symplectic foliations