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pencil

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpen.səl/ us  
A1 a long, thin, usually wooden object for writing or drawing, with a sharp black or coloured point at one end: a box of coloured pencils pens and pencils He sat with his pencil poised, ready to take notes. The pencil's blunt - you'd better sharpen it (= make its point sharp). Write your comments in the margin in (= using) pencil. a pencil sharpener the form of some types of make-up: an eyebrow pencil a lip pencil literary a thin beam of light: A pencil of light showed as the door opened slightly.

pencil

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈpen.səl/ us  
describes something that has been drawn with a pencil: pencil sketches/drawings Cut on or just inside the pencil line.

pencil

verb [T] uk   /ˈpen.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
to write something with a pencil
pencilled
adjective uk (US also penciled)   /-səld/ us  
pencilled comments/notes
Phrasal verbs
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