Avoid lack of white on the neck in both sexes and avoid females which are lacking in penciling.
The girl lifted the brows that were dark enough to require no penciling.
The more elaborate patterns on earthenware, and all those on porcelain, are finished by penciling in.
The penciling of this note gave Rodney time to recover himself.
penciling a brief note he gave it to a soldier of his company and bade him take it to the guard tents.
In the females solid yellow bills, fawn colored breasts and absence of penciling must be avoided.
The Secretary nodded, penciling Frawley's correction on the paper.
The penciling is like that of the Rouen but lighter in color consisting of a brown penciling on a fawn colored ground.
The golden glory of a sinking southern sun was penciling the cheap paper on the wall with leafy tracery and glowing arabesques.
penciling corrections on the map, they retraced their route, making only one mistake along the way.
early 14c., "an artist's fine brush of camel hair," from Old French pincel "artist's paintbrush" (13c., Modern French pinceau), from Latin penicillus "painter's brush, hair-pencil," literally "little tail," diminutive of peniculus "brush," itself a diminutive of penis "tail" (see penis). Small brushes formerly were used for writing before modern lead or chalk pencils; meaning "graphite writing implement" apparently evolved late 16c. Derogatory slang pencil-pusher "office worker" is from 1881; pencil neck "weak person" first recorded 1973.
1530s, "to mark or sketch with a pencil-brush," from pencil (n.). In reference to lead pencils from 1760s. Related: Penciled; penciling. To pencil (something) in "arrange tentatively" is attested from 1942.
To work out details; study: Let me pencil this idea for a while (1990s+)