lead pencil



a writing or drawing implement made of graphite in a wooden or metal holder.

Origin of lead pencil

First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for lead pencil

Historical Examples of lead pencil

  • Seemed to me I'd read somethin' about the ragin' lead-pencil seekin' whom it might devour.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A small writing-pad and lead-pencil, for general memoranda and notations.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • He said nothing, but handed me a note written in lead-pencil on a card.

    Rudder Grange

    Frank R. Stockton

  • Running through it lengthwise is a hole about the size of a lead-pencil.

  • Then she proceeded to write a letter in lead-pencil, stopping often to consult the dictionary.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

British Dictionary definitions for lead pencil

lead pencil


a pencil in which the writing material is a thin stick of a graphite compound
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