pen


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

pen,

pointed implement used in writing or drawing to apply inkink,
pigmented fluid used for writing and drawing, or a viscous compound used for printing, both of various colors but most frequently black. The oldest known variety, India ink or China ink, is still used in China and Japan for writing with small brushes instead of pens.
..... Click the link for more information.
 or a similar colored fluid to any surface, such as paper. Various kinds of pens have been used since ancient times. Reeds that were slit or frayed at the end were used in antiquity; similar pens, usually made of bamboo, are commonly employed in Asia today. In ancient Greece and Rome much writing was done by scratching the wax coating of a tablet with a stylus, or style—a pointed implement whose blunt end was used to make erasures by smoothing the wax. Quills were introduced early in the Middle Ages and continued to be the main writing device until the mid-19th cent. Plucked from live birds (usually geese), the quills were treated with heat and shaped with a penknife, and they required frequent sharpening. Although metal pens were known to the Romans, and a few had been made in Europe in the 18th cent., a cheap, efficient slip-in nib did not come into common use until Josiah Mason improved existing models and began large-scale production in 1828 at Birmingham, England. The fountain pen, which feeds ink to the pen point from a reservoir, was first successfully produced on a commercial scale in the 1880s. The ball-point pen, introduced c.1944, offered several advantages over the fountain pen. Tipped with a ball bearing that rolls a gelatinous instant-drying ink onto paper, the ball-point pen contains a longer-lasting supply of ink than the fountain pen and is less likely to leak. Although soft-tip pens had been used in ancient times (the Egyptians made soft-tip pens from rushes c.4000 B.C., and the Chinese later used hair-tip pens), it was not until the 1950s that felt-tip markers came into fairly common use in the United States. By the 1960s felt-tip markers had been largely replaced by fiber-tip markers. These are made of such materials as nylon and plastic, are available in a wide variety of colors, and are capable of marking any surface, including plastic and glass.

Pen

 

in graphic art. (1) An implement for drawing with ink or a similar fluid (for example, india ink). A pen is made of metal, feathers, or cane.

(2) The technique of drawing in pen. Such drawings consist of broken lines or hatches.

What does it mean when you dream about a pen?

A pen or a pencil can represent male sexuality; it can also represent communication or a desire to communicate. The symbol might also be referring to an idiom, such as “pen pusher,” “the pen is mightier than the sword,” or to “pencil someone in.”

pen

[pen]
(engineering)
A small place for confinement, storage, or protection.
A device for writing with ink.
(invertebrate zoology)
The inner horny, feather-shaped, chitnous shell of a squid. Also known as gladius.

pen

1. A synonym for room in a four-sided enclosure constructed of logs. Thus, a one-room log cabin is often called a single-pen cabin, and a dogtrot cabin (consisting of two single-room cabins) is often called a double-pen cabin.
2. An enclosure for animals; for example, a pigpen.

pen

1
the long horny internal shell of a squid

pen

2
a dock for servicing submarines, esp one having a bombproof roof

pen

3
a female swan

pen

A stylus used to write and draw. See stylus, pen-based computing and pen-enabled app.

Pen

(dreams)
Having a pen or a pencil in your dream may be symbolic of your need to communicate with yourself or others. Our ability to communicate through written language is a vitally important and necessary part of life. When we take our pen and write a check to pay bills, it can still be considered a form of communication! Writing is a form of self-expression, providing us with a way to think and express our thoughts. Dreams with writing tools in them may be an encouragement for you to write and communicate. Whether you need to communicate with yourself or others, in private or professional life, is up to you to determine.
References in classic literature ?
But then, what reams of other manuscripts -- filled, not with the dulness of official formalities, but with the thought of inventive brains and the rich effusion of deep hearts -- had gone equally to oblivion; and that, moreover, without serving a purpose in their day, as these heaped-up papers had, and -- saddest of all -- without purchasing for their writers the comfortable livelihood which the clerks of the Custom-House had gained by these worthless scratchings of the pen.
Now while Peleg was vainly trying to mend a pen with his jack-knife, old Bildad, to my no small surprise, considering that he was such an interested party in these proceedings; Bildad never heeded us, but went on mumbling to himself out of his book, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth--
They crossed the railroad tracks, and then on each side of the street were the pens full of cattle; they would have stopped to look, but Jokubas hurried them on, to where there was a stairway and a raised gallery, from which everything could be seen.
he asked, throwing down the pen as quickly as he had taken it up.
Sometimes, of an evening, when I was at home and at work - for I wrote a good deal now, and was beginning in a small way to be known as a writer - I would lay down my pen, and watch my child-wife trying to be good.
Be firm, Herbert," I would retort, plying my own pen with great assiduity.
No, you shan't," cried Jane, snatching the pen from her.
Yes; I am a supercargo; pen, ink, and paper are my tools, and without my tools I am fit for nothing.
Raoul had been there about ten minutes, during five of which he was lost in reverie, when there appeared within the circle comprised in his rolling gaze a man with a rubicund face, who, with a napkin around his body, another under his arm, and a white cap upon his head, approached him, holding paper, pen and ink in hand.
When they were turned out in the morning, the first moments of freedom from the confinement of the pen were spent in frisking and gambolling.
The condition of my right hand obliges me to dictate this to my son; but painful as it is to me to hold a pen, I cannot suffer this letter to reach the hands of a man of so admirable genitis as Herman Melville without begging him to believe me to be, with my own hand, his most respectful and hearty admirer, W.
I am not comfortable enough to be fit for anybody; but your aunt seems to feel out of luck that such an article of Mansfield news should fall to my pen instead of hers.