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pencil

noun [C or U]     /ˈpen.səl/
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 Writing implementsPainting and drawing materials the form of some types of make-up : an eyebrow pencil a lip pencilMake-up and skin care literary a thin beam of light : A pencil of light showed as the door opened slightly .Quantities and units of light
(Definition of pencil noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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