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noun pencil pronunciation in British English /ˈpens(ə)l/ 
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singularpencil
pluralpencils
  1. [countable] a long thin object, usually made of wood, that you use for writing or drawing by pressing the black or coloured part in its centre against paper or some other surface

    a coloured pencil

    Your pencils need to be sharpened.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the substance inside a pencil, used for writing or drawing

      Use pencil to draw the diagram.

      She had scribbled his name in pencil.

    See also  propelling pencil

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