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PEN, n. [L. penna; pinna, a fin, that is, a shoot or point.]

1. An instrument used for writing, usually made of the quill of some large fowl, but it may be of any other material.

2. A feather, a wing. [Not used.]

PEN, v.t. pret. and pp. penned. To write; to compose and commit to paper.

PEN, n. A small inclosure for beasts, as for cows or sheep.

PEN, v.t. pret. and pp. penned or pent. To shut in a pen; to confine in a small inclosure; to coop; to confine in a narrow place, usually followed by up, which is redundant.




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PEN, n. [L. penna; pinna, a fin, that is, a shoot or point.]

1. An instrument used for writing, usually made of the quill of some large fowl, but it may be of any other material.

2. A feather, a wing. [Not used.]

PEN, v.t. pret. and pp. penned. To write; to compose and commit to paper.

PEN, n. A small inclosure for beasts, as for cows or sheep.

PEN, v.t. pret. and pp. penned or pent. To shut in a pen; to confine in a small inclosure; to coop; to confine in a narrow place, usually followed by up, which is redundant.


PEN, n.1 [L. penna; Sax. pinn; D. pen; It. penna, a feather, a pen, and a top; W. pen, top, summit, head; Ir. beann, beinn, written also ben. The Celtic nations called the peak of a mountain, ben or pen. Hence the name Apennine, applied to the mountains of Italy. It may belong to the same root as L. pinna, a fin, that is a shoot or point.]

  1. An instrument used for writing, usually made of the quill of some large fowl, but it may be of any other material.
  2. A feather; a wing. [Not used.] – Spenser.

PEN, n.2 [Sax. pinan, to press, or pyndan, to pound or shut up; both probably from one root.]

A small inclosure for beasts, as for cows or sheep.


PEN, v.t.1 [pret. and pp. penned.]

To write; to compose and commit to paper. – Addison.


PEN, v.t.2 [pret. and pp. penned or pent.]

To shut in a pen; to confine in a small inclosure; to coop; to confine in a narrow place; usually followed by up, which is redundant. – Boyle. Milton.


Pen
  1. A feather.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  2. To write] to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet.

    "A prayer elaborately penned." Milton.
  3. To shut up, as in a pen or cage] to confine in a small inclosure or narrow space; to coop up, or shut in; to inclose.

    "Away with her, and pen her up." Shak.

    Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve. Milton.

  4. A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.

    My father stole two geese out of a pen. Shak.

  5. A wing.

    [Obs.] Milton.
  6. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or graving.

    Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock. Job xix. 24.

  7. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.

    "Those learned pens." Fuller.
  8. The internal shell of a squid.
  9. A female swan.

    [Prov. Eng.]

    Bow pen. See Bow-pen. -- Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines. -- Drawing, or Ruling, pen, a pen for ruling lines having a pair of blades between which the ink is contained. -- Fountain pen, Geometric pen. See under Fountain, and Geometric. -- Music pen, a pen having five points for drawing the five lines of the staff. -- Pen and ink, or pen- and-ink, executed or done with a pen and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch. -- Pen feather. A pin feather. [Obs.] -- Pen name. See under Name. -- Sea pen (Zoöl.), a pennatula. [Usually written sea- pen.]

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Pen

PEN, noun [Latin penna; pinna, a fin, that is, a shoot or point.]

1. An instrument used for writing, usually made of the quill of some large fowl, but it may be of any other material.

2. A feather, a wing. [Not used.]

PEN, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive penned. To write; to compose and commit to paper.

PEN, noun A small inclosure for beasts, as for cows or sheep.

PEN, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive penned or pent. To shut in a pen; to confine in a small inclosure; to coop; to confine in a narrow place, usually followed by up, which is redundant.

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