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pencilnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpen.səl/ 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?

penciladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈpen.səl/ us   /ˈpen.səl/

pencilverb [T]

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

"pencil" in American English

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pencilnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈpen·səl/
a thin, usually wooden, tube-shaped device for writing or drawing which has colored material in the center and a point at one end: [C] colored pencils [U] Make your corrections 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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