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Definition of Pencil


  1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.
  2. A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, 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.
  3. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc.
  4. An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
  5. A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point.
  6. A small medicated bougie.
  7. To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw.

Pencil Quotations

What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.
Adam Braun

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
Vincent Van Gogh

I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.
Samuel Beckett

I grew up with an impatience with the anti-scientific. So I'm a bit miffed with our current love affair with all things Eastern. If I sneeze on the set, 40 people hand me echinacea. But I'd no sooner take that than eat a pencil. Maybe that's why I took up boxing. It's my response to men in white pajamas feeling each other's chi.
Hugh Laurie
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Pencil Translations

pencil in Danish is blyant
pencil in Dutch is potlood
pencil in French is crayon
pencil in German is Bleistift
pencil in Hungarian is kis ecset, ceruza, rudacska
pencil in Italian is lapis
pencil in Latin is penicullus
pencil in Norwegian is blyant
pencil in Swedish is penna (blyerts-), pensel, blyertspenna
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