1. A tool for writing or drawing that consists of a slender cylinder surrounding a solid center typically made of graphite also known as "lead": The artist used a fine pencil
for her sketches of the countryside.
The carpenter used a pencil that was flat on one side so it would not roll off her workspace.
2. A small stick of medication or cosmetics for local application: The doctor gave her a pencil
of antibiotic cream to put on the scratches of her arm.
3. A gathering or mass of rays such as sunshine: A pencil
of sunlight came through the wooden blinds of the window in the morning.
To write or to draw something with an instrument for marking: Alisha wants to pencil some notes on a piece of paper so she wouldn't forget what to pick up from the local market.
Characteristic of something which hangs loosely; suspended: The birds nesting in the barn made pensile nests in the rafters.
(PEN suhl) (noun
A narrow flag, streamer, or pennon, especially one carried at the top of a spear: When the knight rode into the tournament, he carried the lance with the pencel which had been given to him by his sister.
The traveling artist used a pencil to sketch the pensile banners in the church.
Karin created a fanciful picture which included a knight riding into the churchyard with a pensil waving from the point of his lance which was lighted by a pencil of sunshine streaming through the colored windows.