1. A feather. [Obs.]
2. A wing. [Obs.]
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. “Those learned pens.”
5. Zool. The internal shell of a squid.
6. Zool. A female swan; -- contrasted with cob, the male swan. [Prov. Eng.]
Bow pen. See Bow-pen.
Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines.
Drawing pen, 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 Zool., a pennatula. [Usually written sea-pen.]
Pen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned p. pr. & vb. n. Penning ] To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet. “A prayer elaborately penned.”
Pen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned or Pent (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Penning.] 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.”
Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve. --Milton.
1. A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.
My father stole two geese out of a pen. --Shak.
n 1: a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
2: an enclosure for confining livestock
3: a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
4: a correctional institution for those convicted of major
crimes [syn: penitentiary]
5: female swan
v : produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote
four novels" [syn: write, compose, indite]
[also: pent, penning, penned]