penned


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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.]
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Yet somehow I feel depressed when I read it, for I seem now to have grown twice as old as I was when I penned its concluding lines.
"We don't want to see any more pressure on the wild fish," Carle says, "and more can be done to prevent penned fish from escaping." Carle would like to see all farmed fish tagged at the hatchery, a practice the industry decries as prohibitively expensive.
To make the penned message easier to read, much of the alphabet was redesigned to eliminate ambiguities.