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a    a thin cylindrical instrument used for writing, drawing, etc., consisting of a rod of graphite or other marking substance, usually either encased in wood and sharpened or held in a mechanical metal device  
b    (as modifier)  
a pencil drawing     
2    something similar in shape or function  
a styptic pencil, an eyebrow pencil     
3    a narrow set of lines or rays, such as light rays, diverging from or converging to a point  
4    Archaic   an artist's fine paintbrush  
5    Rare   an artist's individual style or technique in drawing  
      vb   , -cils, -cilling, -cilled  
     (U.S.)   , -cils, -ciling, -ciled   tr  
6    to draw, colour, or write with a pencil  
7    to mark with a pencil  
8    pencil in   to note, arrange, include, etc. provisionally or tentatively  
     (C14: from Old French pincel, from Latin penicillus painter's brush, from peniculus a little tail, from penis tail)  
  penciller     (U.S.)  
  penciler      n  

blue pencil  
1    deletion, alteration, or censorship of the contents of a book or other work  
  blue-pencil   , -cils, -cilling, -cilled  
     (U.S.)   , -cils, -ciling, -ciled  
2    tr   to alter or delete parts of (a book, film, etc.), esp. to censor  
eyebrow pencil  
      n   a cosmetic in pencil form for applying colour and shape to the eyebrows  
lead pencil  
      n   a pencil in which the writing material is a thin stick of a graphite compound  
propelling pencil  
      n   a pencil consisting of a metal or plastic case containing a replaceable lead. As the point is worn away the lead can be extended, usually by turning part of the case  
      vb   , -cils, -cilling, -cilled  
     (U.S.)   , -cils, -ciling, -ciled   tr   to revise or correct (a book, manuscript, etc.)  
styptic pencil  
      n   a styptic agent in the form of a small stick, for application to razor nicks, etc.  
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