pen

A pen is an ink-filled tool that you use for writing or drawing. Doing a crossword puzzle with a pen shows a lot of self confidence, since you can't erase your answers.

Pen is also a verb meaning "to write," especially when you're writing something of literary value: "She's my favorite writer — I can't wait for her to pen another novel!" Then there's the pen that you keep your pet donkey safely inside (you can also say you pen him in there), and inspired by this "livestock enclosure" meaning there's also the slang for "penitentiary" or "jail."

Primary Meanings of pen

1.
nv
a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
produce a literary work
2.
n
an enclosure for confining livestock
3.
n
female swan
4.
n
a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
Full Definitions of pen
1

n a writing implement with a point from which ink flows

Types:
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Biro, ballpen, ballpoint, ballpoint pen
a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper
Magic Marker, felt tip, felt-tip pen, felt-tipped pen
a pen with a writing tip made of felt (trade name Magic Marker)
fountain pen
a pen that is supplied with ink from a reservoir in its barrel
quill, quill pen
pen made from a bird's feather
Sharpie
a pen with indelible ink that will write on any surface
Type of:
writing implement
an implement that is used to write

v produce a literary work

Synonyms:
compose, indite, write
publish, write
have (one's written work) issued for publication
Types:
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draw
write a legal document or paper
lyric
write lyrics for (a song)
write about, write of, write on
write about a particular topic
profile
write about
paragraph
write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
paragraph
write about in a paragraph
write off
write something fluently, and without hesitation
dash off, fling off, knock off, scratch off, toss off
write quickly
rewrite
rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose
write copy
write for commercial publications
adopt, dramatise, dramatize
put into dramatic form
draft, outline
draw up an outline or sketch for something
poetise, poetize, verse, versify
compose verses or put into verse
author
be the author of
annotate, footnote
add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
cite, reference
refer to
write out, write up
put into writing; write in complete form
script
write a script for
relyric
write new lyrics for (a song)
metrify
compose in poetic meter
spondaise, spondaize
make spondaic
elegise, elegize
compose an elegy
sonnet
compose a sonnet
co-author
be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
ghost, ghostwrite
write for someone else
Type of:
create verbally
create with or from words
2

n an enclosure for confining livestock

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cattle pen, corral, cow pen
a pen for cattle
creep
a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
fold, sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold
a pen for sheep
holding paddock, holding pen, holding yard
a pen where livestock is temporarily confined
kraal
a pen for livestock in southern Africa
paddock
pen where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race
pinfold
a pen where stray animals are confined
rodeo
an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up
pigpen, pigsty, sty
a pen for swine
Type of:
enclosure
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose

n a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play

Synonyms:
playpen
Type of:
enclosure
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
3

n female swan

Type of:
swan
stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
4

n a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

Synonyms:
penitentiary
Type of:
correctional institution
a penal institution maintained by the government

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