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Definition of Pen


  1. A feather.
  2. A wing.
  3. 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.
  4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.
  5. The internal shell of a squid.
  6. A female swan.
  7. To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet.
  8. 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.
  9. A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.

Pen Quotations

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.
John Greenleaf Whittier

I've heard 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe's pen hasn't begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I've seen de real thing, and I don't want to see it on no stage or in no theater.
Harriet Tubman
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Pen Translations

pen in Afrikaans is veer
pen in Dutch is hok
pen in French is plume
pen in Italian is penna stilografica, penna
pen in Latin is claustrum
pen in Norwegian is penn
pen in Portuguese is pena
pen in Spanish is pluma
pen in Swedish is penna
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