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pen         

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      n  
1    an implement for writing or drawing using ink, formerly consisting of a sharpened and split quill, and now of a metal nib attached to a holder  
   See also       ballpoint       fountain pen  
2    the writing end of such an implement; nib  
3    style of writing  
4    the pen  
a    writing as an occupation  
b    the written word  
the pen is mightier than the sword     
5    the long horny internal shell of a squid  
      vb   , pens, penning, penned  
6    tr   to write or compose  
     (Old English pinne, from Late Latin penna (quill) pen, from Latin: feather)  
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pen          [2]  
      n  
1    an enclosure in which domestic animals are kept  
sheep pen     
2    any place of confinement  
3    a dock for servicing submarines, esp. one having a bombproof roof  
      vb   , pens, penning, penned, pent  
4    tr   to enclose or keep in a pen  
     (Old English penn, perhaps related to pin)  

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pen          [3]  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal      short for       penitentiary       1  

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pen          [4]  
      n   a female swan  
     (C16: of unknown origin)  

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penitentiary  
      n   pl   , -ries  
1    (in the U.S. and Canada) a state or federal prison: in Canada, esp. a federal prison for offenders convicted of serious crimes,   (Sometimes shortened to)    pen         
2      (R.C. Church)  
a    a cleric appointed to supervise the administration of the sacrament of penance in a particular area  
b    a priest who has special faculties to absolve particularly grave sins  
c    a cardinal who presides over a tribunal that decides all matters affecting the sacrament of penance  
d    this tribunal itself  
      adj  
3       another word for       penitential       1  
4      (U.S. and Canadian)   (of an offence) punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary  
     (C15 (meaning also: an officer dealing with penances): from Medieval Latin poenitentiarius, from Latin paenitens penitent)  


cartridge pen  
      n   a pen having a removable ink reservoir that is replaced when empty  
catching pen  
      n     (Austral. and N.Z)   a pen adjacent to a shearer's stand containing the sheep ready for shearing  
data pen  
      n   a device for reading or scanning magnetically coded data on labels, packets, etc.  
felt-tip pen  
      n   a pen having a writing point made from pressed fibres,   (Also called)    fibre-tip pen  
fountain pen  
      n   a pen the nib of which is supplied with ink from a cartridge or a reservoir in its barrel  
light pen  
      n     (Computing)  
a    a rodlike device which, when applied to the screen of a cathode-ray tube, can detect the time of passage of the illuminated spot across that point thus enabling a computer to determine the position on the screen being pointed at  
b    a penlike device, used to read bar codes, that emits light and determines the intensity of that light as reflected from a small area of an adjacent surface  
pen          [1]  
      n  
1    an implement for writing or drawing using ink, formerly consisting of a sharpened and split quill, and now of a metal nib attached to a holder  
   See also       ballpoint       fountain pen  
2    the writing end of such an implement; nib  
3    style of writing  
4    the pen  
a    writing as an occupation  
b    the written word  
the pen is mightier than the sword     
5    the long horny internal shell of a squid  
      vb   , pens, penning, penned  
6    tr   to write or compose  
     (Old English pinne, from Late Latin penna (quill) pen, from Latin: feather)  
pen          [2]  
      n  
1    an enclosure in which domestic animals are kept  
sheep pen     
2    any place of confinement  
3    a dock for servicing submarines, esp. one having a bombproof roof  
      vb   , pens, penning, penned, pent  
4    tr   to enclose or keep in a pen  
     (Old English penn, perhaps related to pin)  
pen          [3]  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal      short for       penitentiary       1  
pen          [4]  
      n   a female swan  
     (C16: of unknown origin)  
PEN  
      n acronym for   International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists  
Pen.  
      abbrev. for   Peninsula  
pen friend  
      n      another name for       pen pal  
pen name  
      n   an author's pseudonym,   (Also called)    nom de plume  
pen pal  
      n   a person with whom one regularly exchanges letters, often a person in another country whom one has not met,   (Also called)    pen friend  
poison-pen letter  
      n   a letter written in malice, usually anonymously, and intended to abuse, frighten, or insult the recipient  
quill pen  
      n      another name for       quill       2  
sea pen  
      n   any of various anthozoan coelenterates of the genus Pennatula and related genera, forming fleshy feather-like colonies in warm seas: order Pennatulacea  

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pen         

[

1]  

      vb   commit to paper, compose, draft, draw up, jot down, write  

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pen          [2]  
1   
      n   cage, coop, corral     (chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   enclosure, fold, hutch, pound, sty  
2   
      vb   cage, confine, coop up, enclose, fence in, hedge, hem in, hurdle, impound, mew (up), pound, shut up or in  

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