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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pencil \Pen"cil\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Penciled}or {Pencilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Penciling} or {Pencilling}.] To write or mark with a pencil; to paint or to draw. --Cowper.

Where nature pencils butterflies on flowers. --Harte.

{pencil in} to write (a tentative appoinment) on an appointment calendar, so as to reserve time, but to allow the appointment to be readily canceled and replaced with another; -- also used figuratively, with other means of recording appointments. The notion being that something written in pencil can be more easily changed than something written in ink. The phrase is commonly used in the early stages of organizing a meeting of multiple persons, before it is known whether all attendees will be free at the suggested time. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pencil \Pen"cil\, noun [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.]

1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors.

With subtile pencil depainted was this storie. --Chaucer.

2. A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, graphite, colored chalk, slate etc., or such a cylinder or strip inserted in a small wooden rod intended to be pointed, or in a case, which forms a handle, -- used for drawing or writing. See {Graphite}.

3. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc.

4. (Opt.) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.

5. (Geom.) A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point.

6. (Med.) A small medicated bougie.

{Pencil case}, a holder for pencil lead.

{Pencil flower} (Bot.), an American perennial leguminous herb ({Stylosanthes elatior}).

{Pencil lead}, a slender rod of black lead, or the like, adapted for insertion in a holder.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pencil

noun

1: a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood

2: graphite (or a similar substance) used in such a way as to be a medium of communication; "the words were scribbled in pencil"; "this artist's favorite medium is pencil"

3: a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point

4: a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; "an eyebrow pencil"

verb

1: write, draw, or trace with a pencil; "he penciled a figure"


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