[ pen-suh-ling ]


  1. work or markings done with or as if with a pencil or brush, especially fine or delicate work done with a pencil or brush on a painting or drawing.
  2. a drawing or sketch made with a pencil.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of penciling1

First recorded in 1700–10; pencil + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

Nor is such blue-penciling a habit of ruthless dictators only.

The more elaborate patterns on earthenware, and all those on porcelain, are finished by penciling in.

Penciling corrections on the map, they retraced their route, making only one mistake along the way.

On some of these storks meditated,--sage, pondering heads and urbane bodies perched high on the frailest penciling of legs.

She put on her white suit, and dabbing rouge on her cheeks and penciling her eyes, she went forth into the sunshiny streets.

The notes she had not glanced at for herself I read aloud, penciling on the margins the data for the answers.


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