Definition of Pen

Pronunciation: pĕn
n.1.A feather.
2.A wing.
3.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.
4.Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.
5.(Zool.) The internal shell of a squid.
6.(Zool.) A female swan; - contrasted with cob, the male swan.
Bow pen
See Bow-pen.
Dotting pen
a pen for drawing dotted lines.
Drawing pen
a pen for ruling lines having a pair of blades between which the ink is contained.
Fountain pen
See under Fountain, and Geometric.
Music pen
a pen having five points for drawing the five lines of the staff.
Pen and ink
executed or done with a pen and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch.
Pen feather
A pin feather.
Pen name
See under Name.
Sea pen
(Zool.) a pennatula.
v. t.1.To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet.
[imp. & p. p. Penned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Penning .]
1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Penned or Pent ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Penning.]
Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.
- Milton.
n.1.A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.
My father stole two geese out of a pen.
- Shak.
2.A penitentiary[6]; a prison.

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