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NOUN (1)

1. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil;
[syn: lead, pencil lead]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pencil \Pen"cil\, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. Penicil.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster] With subtile pencil depainted was this storie. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, graphite, colored chalk, slate etc., or such a cylinder or strip inserted in a small wooden rod intended to be pointed, or in a case, which forms a handle, -- used for drawing or writing. See Graphite. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc. [1913 Webster] 4. (Opt.) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point. [1913 Webster] 5. (Geom.) A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point. [1913 Webster] 6. (Med.) A small medicated bougie. [1913 Webster] Pencil case, a holder for pencil lead. Pencil flower (Bot.), an American perennial leguminous herb (Stylosanthes elatior). Pencil lead, a slender rod of black lead, or the like, adapted for insertion in a holder. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pencil lead n 1: mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil [syn: lead, pencil lead]