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pen1 US English

An instrument for writing or drawing with ink, typically consisting of a metal nib or ball, or a nylon tip, fitted into a metal or plastic holder

pen2 US English

A small enclosure in which sheep, pigs, cattle, or other domestic animals are kept

pen3 US English

A female swan

pen4 US English

Short for penitentiary111.

PEN US English

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

the pen in pen1 US English

The occupation or practice of writing

pend US English

An arch, an archway; an arched or vaulted roof or canopy; the vaulted ground floor of a tower or fortified building; a covered passage or entry; (in later use) especially one leading off a street frontage.

pen1 US Thesaurus

you'll need a pen and paper

pen2 US Thesaurus

a sheep pen

Pen. US English


dip pen US English

A pen that has to be dipped in ink

gel pen US English

A pen that uses a gel-based ink, combining the permanence of oil-based ballpoint ink and the smooth glide of water-based ink

hog pen US English

A pen in which hogs are kept; a pigpen.

pen-fed US English

(Of an animal) fed in a pen, stall, etc.; hand-fed.

pen-gun US English

(Also with capital initial.) A small cylindrical weapon resembling a fountain pen, from which bullets, tear gas, or some other disabling agent can be discharged.

pen pal US English

A person with whom one becomes friendly by exchanging letters, especially someone in a foreign country whom one has never met

sea pen US English

A marine coelenterate related to the corals, forming a feather-shaped colony with a horny or calcareous skeleton

ball pen US English

= ball-point pen.

coal pen US English

An enclosure for the storage of coal.

glue pen US English

A product in the form of a pen-like instrument that contains liquid adhesive

laser pen US English

A small, slender hand-held device emitting a laser beam, used for scanning bar-codes.

light pen US English

A handheld, penlike photosensitive device held to the display screen of a computer terminal for passing information to the computer

pen-based US English

Designating or relating to a computer controlled by an electronic pen.

pen-case US English

A case or container for a pen or pens.

pen drive US English

(Chiefly attributive) designating a mechanism that drives a pen, such as that of a plotter or recording device.

pen-fish US English

A squid, a calamary. Compare pen. Now archaic.

pen-form US English

The shape of a character written by hand, especially as influenced by the writing instrument or the way it is used.

pen-maker US English

Originally: a person who makes and mends quill pens (now rare). Now usually: a person, machine, or company that manufactures pens.

pen-mate US English

Each of two or more shearers who shear sheep from the same pen.

pen name US English

An assumed name used by a writer instead of their real name

pen plume US English

= pen-feather.

pen pond US English

A pond formed by a dam at the head of a mill-lead.

pen shell US English

A large, wedge-shaped, bivalve mollusk of warm seas that burrows into the seabed where it attaches itself by strong byssus threads

pen steel US English

A resilient kind of steel used for pen nibs.

pen tray US English

A narrow tray for pens, often forming part of an inkstand.

pen-trial US English

Something written, especially by a scribe on a manuscript, to test a pen.

pen name US Thesaurus

her pen name was Annabelle Lord

felt-tip pen US English

A pen with a writing point made of felt or other tightly packed fibers, typically containing a brightly colored ink

mapping pen US English

A pen, especially a dip pen, with a very fine nib.

marking pen US English

A felt-tip pen with a broad tip

pen-keeper US English

The owner, overseer, or manager of a plantation or farm, now especially a farm on which livestock is reared.

pen-keeping US English

The management of a farm, especially for rearing livestock.

pen-picture US English

Now rare, a picture executed in pen.

pen-pusher US English

Another term for pencil pusher.

pen-record US English

To record (a variable measured quantity) by means of a pen recorder.

pen-scratch US English

An ink mark made by a pen; a character written by hand.

pen-tailed US English

Having a tail resembling a feather, or a quill pen. Chiefly in pen-tailed tree shrew noun a very small tree shrew, Ptilocercus lowii (family Tupaiidae), of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo, having a fringe of long, stiff hairs at the end of its tail.

plotter pen US English

A pen for use with a plotter.

poison pen US English

Designating, of, or relating to a letter or letters written anonymously and with malicious, libellous, or abusive intent.

cartridge pen US English

A fountain pen designed to take ink cartridges.

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