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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.
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.]
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.]
A female swan.
A penitentiary; a prison.
[Short for penitentiary.]
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|Noun||1.||penning - 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"
historiography - the writing of history
metrification - writing a metrical composition (or the metrical structure of a composition)
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"
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"
author - be the author of; "She authored this play"
co-author - be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
annotate, footnote - add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments; "The scholar annotated the early edition of a famous novel"
script - write a script for; "The playwright scripted the movie"
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