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pen 1

 (pĕn)
n.
1. An instrument for writing or drawing with ink or similar fluid, especially:
a. A ballpoint pen.
b. A fountain pen.
c. A pen point.
d. A penholder and its pen point.
e. A quill.
2.
a. An instrument for writing regarded as a means of expression: "Tyranny has no enemy so formidable as the pen" (William Cobbett).
b. A writer or an author: a hired pen.
c. A style of writing: wrote plays with a witty pen.
3. A pen-shaped device containing something other than ink: an insulin pen; a vaporizer pen.
4. Any of various other pen-shaped devices, such as a laser pointer.
5. The chitinous internal shell of a squid.
6. A pen shell.
7. pens Archaic The primary feathers or wings of a bird.
tr.v. penned, pen·ning, pens
To write or compose: penned a letter.

[Middle English penne, from Old French, from Late Latin penna, from Latin, feather; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

pen′ner n.

pen 2

 (pĕn)
n.
1.
a. A fenced enclosure for animals.
b. The animals kept in such an enclosure.
c. Any of various enclosures, such as a bullpen or playpen, used for a variety of purposes.
2. A roofed dock for submarines.
tr.v. penned or pent (pĕnt), pen·ning, pens
To confine in or as if in a pen. See Synonyms at enclose.

[Middle English, from Old English penn.]

pen 3

 (pĕn)
n.
A female swan.

[Origin unknown.]

pen 4

 (pĕn)
n. Informal
A penitentiary; a prison.

[Short for penitentiary.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penning - the act of creating written workspenning - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
verbal creation - creating something by the use of speech and language
adoxography - fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects; "Elizabethan schoolboys were taught adoxography, the art of eruditely praising worthless things"; "adoxography is particularly useful to lawyers"
drafting - writing a first version to be filled out and polished later
dramatisation, dramatization - conversion into dramatic form; "the play was a dramatization of a short story"
fabrication, fictionalisation, fictionalization - writing in a fictional form
historiography - the writing of history
metrification - writing a metrical composition (or the metrical structure of a composition)
novelisation, novelization - converting something into the form of a novel
redaction - the act of putting something in writing
lexicography - the act of writing dictionaries
versification - the art or practice of writing verse
indite, pen, write, compose - produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
write about, write of, write on - write about a particular topic; "Snow wrote about China"
profile - write about; "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"
paragraph - write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
dash off, fling off, scratch off, toss off, knock off - write quickly; "She dashed off a note to her husband saying she would not be home for supper"; "He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess"
rewrite - rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose; "re-write a play for use in schools"
write copy - write for commercial publications; "She writes copy for Harper's Bazaar"
dramatise, dramatize, adopt - put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
draft, outline - draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"
author - be the author of; "She authored this play"
co-author - be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
ghostwrite, ghost - write for someone else; "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
annotate, footnote - add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments; "The scholar annotated the early edition of a famous novel"
reference, cite - refer to; "he referenced his colleagues' work"
write out, write up - put into writing; write in complete form; "write out a contract"
script - write a script for; "The playwright scripted the movie"
References in classic literature ?
A SHEPHERD penning his sheep in the fold for the night was about to shut up a wolf with them, when his Dog perceiving the wolf said, "Master, how can you expect the sheep to be safe if you admit a wolf into the fold?