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Pronunciation: (pen), [key]
n., v., penned, pen•ning.

1. any of various instruments for writing or drawing with ink or a similar substance.
2. a detachable metal penpoint, filled by dipping or with a quill; nib.
3. such a penpoint with its penholder.
4. fountain pen.
5. ball-point pen.
6. the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship: The pen is mightier than the sword.
7. a person's style or quality of writing: He writes with a witty, incisive pen.
8. a writer: I leave this story to abler pens.
9. the profession of writing: a master of the pen.
10. Ornith.
a. a quill.
b. a pinfeather.
11. something resembling or suggesting a feather or quill.
12. Zool.an internal, corneous or chitinous, feather-shaped structure in certain cephalopods, as the squid.

1. to write with or as with a pen; put down in writing: to pen an essay.
2. to draw with or as with a pen: to pen a sketch.


Pronunciation: (pen), [key]
n., v., penned or pent, pen•ning.

1. a small enclosure for domestic animals.
2. animals so enclosed: We have a pen of twenty sheep.
3. an enclosure used for confinement or safekeeping: We have built several pens to hold our harvest of corn.
4. playpen.
5. See bull pen.
6. a dock having a protective concrete structure overhead, used to service and repair submarines.

to confine in or as in a pen.


Pronunciation: (pen), [key]
n. Slang.
penitentiary (def. 1).


Pronunciation: (pen), [key]
a female swan.


var. of pene- before a vowel: penannular.


peninsula. Also,pen.


International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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