Definitions for: Pen

[n] a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
[n] an enclosure for confining livestock
[n] female swan
[n] a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
[n] a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
[v] produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pen, n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L.
1. A feather. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. A wing. [Obs.] --Milton.

3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of
a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now
also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also,
originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or

Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock. --Job
xix. 24.

4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.
``Those learned pens.'' --Fuller.

5. (Zo["o]l.) The internal shell of a squid.

6. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo["o]l.) A female swan. [Prov.

Bow pen. See Bow-pen.

Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines.

Drawing, or Ruling, pen, a pen for ruling lines having
a pair of blades between which the ink is contained.

Fountain pen, Geometric pen. See under Fountain, and

Music pen, a pen having five points for drawing the five
lines of the staff.

Pen and ink, or pen-and-ink, executed or done with a pen
and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch.

Pen feather. A pin feather. [Obs.]

Pen name. See under Name.

Sea pen (Zo["o]l.), a pennatula. [Usually written

Pen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned; p. pr. & vb. n.
To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to
compose; as, to pen a sonnet. ``A prayer elaborately
penned.'' --Milton.

Pen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pennedor Pent (?); p. pr. &
vb. n. Penning.] [OE. pennen, AS. pennan in on-pennan to
unfasten, prob. from the same source as pin, and orig.
meaning, to fasten with a peg.See Pin, n. & v.]
To shut up, as in a pen or cage; to confine in a small
inclosure or narrow space; to coop up, or shut in; to
inclose. ``Away with her, and pen her up.'' --Shak.

Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.

Pen, n. [From Pen to shut in.]
A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.

My father stole two geese out of a pen. --Shak.

Synonyms: compose, indite, penitentiary, playpen, write

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