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an instrument for writing or drawing, consisting of a thin stick of graphite or a similar substance enclosed in a long thin piece of wood or fixed in a metal or plastic case. graphite or a similar substance used as a medium for writing or drawing:the words were scribbled in pencil [usually with modifier] a cosmetic in a long thin stick, designed to be applied to a particular part of the face:an eyebrow pencil something with the shape of a pencil:a pencil of light [as modifier]:a long pencil beam Physics
& Geometry a set of light rays, lines, etc., converging to or diverging narrowly from a single point.
verb (pencils, penciling, penciled ; Britishpencils, pencilling, pencilled) [with object]
write, draw, or color (something) with a pencil:a previous owner has penciled their name inside the cover (as adjective penciled)a penciled note
1fill in an area or shape with pencil strokes:a lot of the outlines had been penciled in 2arrange, forecast, or note down something provisionally or tentatively:May 15 was penciled in as the date for the meeting
(pencil someone in
) make a provisional or tentative arrangement with or for someone:he was penciled in for surgery at the end of the month