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lead pencil

[led] /lɛd/
a writing or drawing implement made of graphite in a wooden or metal holder.
Origin of lead pencil
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The line is drawn away from the worker, that is, contrary to the way one would draw a line with a lead pencil.

  • This is a place where the lead pencil may be used profitably.

  • The millionairess walked to the fireplace, and stood leaning over the high fender, sharpening a cherished stump of lead pencil.

  • Wentworth hemmed and tapped on the desk with the end of his lead pencil.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • It was a lead pencil which had been found near the scene of the crime.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • Just so it would show where the lead pencil had traveled across.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • The President of the Santa Fé smiled and rolled his lead pencil between the palms of his hands.

    The Last Spike Cy Warman
  • He took the stub of a lead pencil from the pocket of his shirt.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Sometimes the heartwood is no larger than a lead pencil in trunks forty or fifty years old.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Gwen paused in the act of sharpening a lead pencil, and eyed the intruder.

British Dictionary definitions for lead pencil

lead pencil

a pencil in which the writing material is a thin stick of a graphite compound
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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