• A Pencil Study
    A Pencil Study
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj penciled drawn or written with a pencil "a penciled sketch","the penciled message"
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The Editor's Pocket-Book Jottings and Pencillings Here, There and Everywhere The Editor's Pocket-Book Jottings and Pencillings Here, There and Everywhere

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The typical lead pencil can draw a line that is thirty five miles long
    • Penciled (Nat. Hist) Marked with parallel or radiating lines.
    • Penciled Painted, drawn, sketched, or marked with a pencil.
    • Penciled Radiated; having pencils of rays.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S., 75% of the pencils sold are painted yellow
    • penciled Marked with fine lines, as if with a pencil or other sharp-pointed instrument; decorated or executed in delicate ornament or lines, as distinguished from broad masses of color or the like.
    • penciled In zoology and botany: Tufted; brushy; penicillate.
    • penciled Marked with fine lines, as if scratched with a pen or painted with a fine brush; specifically, marked with a series of concentric lines, as every feather of the body-plumage of a dark brahma or a partridge cochin hen.
    • penciled Radiated; having pencils of rays.
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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
Written also pencilled,


In literature:

His pencil-ray dug into my ribs.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
He had finished his meal and had taken out a pad of paper and an indelible pencil.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
Finally, she laid her pencil aside and read what she had written.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He seized his pencil and wrote down on his map the letters that were sounding in his ear.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
He fumbled for his pencil.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
Once he took out a pencil and drafted a description of Grell's appearance and dress as Roberts had seen him.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Once young Carleton had marked his face with a pencil, making the scholars laugh.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
Story of the pencils.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
Joyce was pointing to a sentence in the story heavily underscored by a pencil.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The hand caught up the pencil, and, holding it between the thumb and forefinger in a peculiar way, began moving it in the air.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Around the mighty master came
The marvels which his pencil wrought,
Those miracles of power whose fame
Is wide as human thought.
"Raphael" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Tomohrit, Athos, all things fair,
With such a pencil, such a pen,
You shadow forth to distant men,
I read and felt that I was there:
"To Edward Lear: on His Travels in Greece" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
To the remotest zone
Of hazy woodland pencilled on the sky,
On whose far spires the clouds of sunset lie,—
She held her regal throne!
"The Death of Autumn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
He said, and drew a mazy line,
With crimson touch his pencils shine,
The mingling colours sweetly fade,
And justly temper light and shade.
"To A Young Lady" by John Trumbull
For much of loveliness must sleep,
E'en when inspir'd and led by truth;
The faithful pencil aims to keep
Mildness and innocence and youth.
"Vignette - XV" by Matilda Betham
Come the timid evening breezes,
Sighing through the Summer leaves,
Transient as thought's pencil-paintings,
Sweet as weft that fancy weaves.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

Miguel Cabrera penciled in (for now).
I watched a video of a man getting a pencil-thick rod shoved into his thigh two inches deep.
Simply hand them a piece of paper and a pencil.
Every year around this time the stores set out pencils, notebooks, folders and other school supplies in their seasonal section and ramp up the clothing sales.
Simply twist, as the pencil under the rubber provides the extra grip needed to pull the two rod pieces apart.
My old pencil marks on the chart had remained sharp, but the print was fading.
Does an Editors Pencil Ruin a Web Log .
Pencil Skirts To Go From Day to Play.
Heritage Silver Sequin Pencil Skirt, $98,
Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pencils of Promise).
You may pick up your pencils, and begin.
Okay, I loved it for maybe one half of one episode and then that perky little girl made me want to stab my eyes out with a pencil.
They have all of the essentials, paper, pencils and a backpack , but those new backpacks might pose a problem.
A $395 pencil, from the president of the European Commission.
Stop chewing that pencil and take a break with some culinary Jeopardy.

In science:

Then for smooth members of the pencil, unbalanced type can be interpreted in terms of the cohomology of G, as the local length of a suitable R1 sheaf, which is of finite support and length, and where the other Ri vanish.
Normal bundles of rational curves in projective spaces
Thus, one (or more) of the assumptions within the above simple scenario (temperature distribution resulting from a centered dipole magnetic field; pencil beaming) are not correct.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
Classics investigated B = S + K by considering it as a member of the pencil B (λ, µ) = λS + µK , where λ, µ ∈ K, and studying invariants of B (λ, µ), cf. [Ga].
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
Second, a rational surface with a pencil of rational curves gives a morphism from P1 to a parameter space of rational curves on X .
Rational surfaces in index-one Fano hypersurfaces
In section 4 we recall the notion of a Lefschetz pencil structure for (M , F , ω ) and the main existence theorem. A Lefschetz pencil structure admits a leafwise symplectic connection.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations