If you want to write something you can easily erase, write it with a pencil (instead of with a pen). When you color in the bubbles on a standardized test, a #2 pencil is the way to go.

Unlike pens, which use ink, pencils have a pointed cylinder of graphite that makes marks on paper. Most pencils are wood with a thin center of graphite, although mechanical pencils are made of metal or plastic and look more like pens. You might describe an artwork as a pencil drawing, or ask if you can pencil some notes in the margins of your friend's copy of "Moby Dick." When you "pencil something in," you mark it tentatively on your calendar, knowing you might have to erase it later if your plans change.

Definitions of pencil
  1. noun
    a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
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    lead pencil
    pencil that has graphite as the marking substance
    slate pencil
    a pencil of soft slate (or soapstone) used for writing on a slate
    type of:
    writing implement
    an implement that is used to write
  2. noun
    graphite (or a similar substance) used in such a way as to be a medium of communication
    “the words were scribbled in pencil
    “this artist's favorite medium is pencil
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    type of:
    black lead, graphite, plumbago
    used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors
  3. noun
    a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face
    “an eyebrow pencil
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    type of:
    a toiletry designed to beautify the body
  4. verb
    write, draw, or trace with a pencil
    “he penciled a figure”
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    type of:
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
  5. noun
    a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point
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    type of:
    a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
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