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Meaning of “pencil” in the English Dictionary

"pencil" in British English

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pencilnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈpen.səl/
A1 a ​long, ​thinobject, usually made of ​wood, for writing or ​drawing, with a ​sharpblack or ​colouredpoint 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 ​itspointsharp). Write ​yourcomments 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 ​thinbeam of ​light: A pencil of ​lightshowed as the ​dooropenedslightly.

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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?

penciladjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈpen.səl/

pencilverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpen.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to write something with a pencil
pencilled
adjective (US usually penciled) uk   us   /-səld/
pencilled ​comments/​notes
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of pencil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pencilnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpen·səl/
a ​thin, usually ​wooden, tube-shaped ​device for writing or ​drawing which has ​coloredmaterial in the ​center and a ​point at one end: [C] colored pencils [U] Make ​yourcorrections in pencil (= using a pencil).
(Definition of pencil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pencil”
in Korean 연필…
in Arabic قَلَم رَصاص…
in Malaysian pensel…
in French crayon…
in Russian карандаш…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鉛筆, 化妝筆, 一束光…
in Italian matita…
in Turkish kurşun kalem…
in Polish ołówek…
in Spanish lápiz…
in Vietnamese cái bút chì…
in Portuguese lápis…
in Thai ดินสอ…
in German der (Blei)Stift, Bleistift……
in Catalan llapis…
in Japanese 鉛筆…
in Chinese (Simplified) 铅笔, 化妆笔, 一束光…
in Indonesian pensil…
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