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pencil

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˈpen.səl/
A1 a long, thin object, usually made of wood, 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.
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  • Please write in ink, not in pencil.
  • It's in pencil, so you can rub it out if you need to.
  • My pencil is blunt - I'll have to sharpen it.
  • If you spot any mistakes in the article just mark them with a pencil.
  • Are there enough pencils to go round?

pencil

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

pencil

verb [T] uk   us   /ˈpen.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to write something with a pencil
pencilled
adjective (US also penciled) uk   us   /-səld/
pencilled comments/notes
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “pencil”
in Arabic قَلَم رَصاص…
in Korean 연필…
in Malaysian pensel…
in French crayon…
in Turkish kurşun kalem…
in Italian matita…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鉛筆, 化妝筆, 一束光…
in Russian карандаш…
in Polish ołówek…
in Vietnamese cái bút chì…
in Spanish lápiz…
in Portuguese lápis…
in Thai ดินสอ…
in German der (Blei)Stift, Bleistift……
in Catalan llapis…
in Japanese 鉛筆…
in Indonesian pensil…
in Chinese (Simplified) 铅笔, 化妆笔, 一束光…
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