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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PENCIL

"This is my address," said the merchant, writing it in pencil, and handing it to Robert.

With these words, he handed the pencil to the professor and returned to his seat.

He read with pencil in hand, and he had an elaborate system of marking a book.

In this instance, his drawings throughout are in pencil, and he is his own topographer.

She drew it in pencil on an envelope on her way back in the street car.

Written in pencil; he could feel the indentations where the writer had borne down.

She did not say any more, and he sat at the table, tapping on it with a pencil.

He was clever with his pencil, and could seize a likeness with astonishing rapidity.

Under the superscription, written with a pencil, after she went down.

And I saw that the address, scrawled in pencil, was in Anthony's handwriting.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "an artist's fine brush of camel hair," from Old French pincel "artist's paintbrush" (13c., Modern French pinceau), from Latin penicillus "painter's brush, hair-pencil," literally "little tail," diminutive of peniculus "brush," itself a diminutive of penis "tail" (see penis). Small brushes formerly were used for writing before modern lead or chalk pencils; meaning "graphite writing implement" apparently evolved late 16c. Derogatory slang pencil-pusher "office worker" is from 1881; pencil neck "weak person" first recorded 1973.

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