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lead pencil

[led] /lɛd/
noun
1.
a writing or drawing implement made of graphite in a wooden or metal holder.
Origin of lead pencil
1680-1690
1680-90
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  • She worked rapidly, writing usually with a lead-pencil, on large sheets of yellow paper, but she pruned carefully.

    Lives of Girls Who Became Famous Sarah Knowles Bolton
  • Then she proceeded to write a letter in lead-pencil, stopping often to consult the dictionary.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • She loaned him books, gave him a lead-pencil, and showed him how to write with a pen without smearing his hands and face with ink.

  • “A lead-pencil could hardly accomplish the deed,” Marsh mused.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • Running through it lengthwise is a hole about the size of a lead-pencil.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • She was sucking a lead-pencil, a thing I am always telling her not to do.

  • To make assurance doubly sure, you can indicate the retouches on your proof with a lead-pencil.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • They was marked in charcoal on the sacks of flour and in lead-pencil on the newspapers.

  • There were some lines scrawled upon it, in lead-pencil, in the large hand of a schoolboy--almost undecipherable.

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
  • Cions of two or three buds, of firm wood the size of a lead-pencil, should be inserted.

    American Grape Training Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for lead-pencil

lead pencil

/lɛd/
noun
1.
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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