pent

1 [pent]

Origin:
past participle of late Middle English pend (now obsolete), variant of pen2 (v.); cf. spend

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pent

2 [pent]
noun
penthouse ( def 4 ).

Origin:
by shortening

Pent.

pen

1 [pen]
noun
1.
any of various instruments for writing or drawing with ink or a similar substance.
2.
a detachable metal penpoint, filled by dipping or with a quill; nib.
3.
such a penpoint with its penholder.
4.
fountain pen.
5.
ball-point pen.
6.
the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship: The pen is mightier than the sword.
7.
a person's style or quality of writing: He writes with a witty, incisive pen.
8.
a writer: I leave this story to abler pens.
9.
the profession of writing: a master of the pen.
10.
Computers. stylus ( def 3 ).
11.
Ornithology.
a.
a quill.
b.
a pinfeather.
12.
something resembling or suggesting a feather or quill.
13.
Zoology. an internal, corneous or chitinous, feather-shaped structure in certain cephalopods, as the squid.
verb (used with object), penned, penning.
14.
to write with or as with a pen; put down in writing: to pen an essay.
15.
to draw with or as with a pen: to pen a sketch.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English penne < Old French penne pen, feather < Late Latin penna, Latin: feather

penlike, adjective
penner, noun

pen

2 [pen]
noun
1.
a small enclosure for domestic animals.
2.
animals so enclosed: We have a pen of twenty sheep.
3.
an enclosure used for confinement or safekeeping: We have built several pens to hold our harvest of corn.
6.
a dock having a protective concrete structure overhead, used to service and repair submarines.
verb (used with object), penned or pent, penning.
7.
to confine in or as in a pen.

Origin:
before 1000; (noun) Middle English penne, Old English penn (in compounds); perhaps akin to pin; (v.) Middle English pennen, derivative of the noun

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pen1 (pɛn)
 
n
1.  ballpoint See also fountain pen an implement for writing or drawing using ink, formerly consisting of a sharpened and split quill, and now of a metal nib attached to a holder
2.  the writing end of such an implement; nib
3.  style of writing
4.  the pen
 a.  writing as an occupation
 b.  the written word: the pen is mightier than the sword
5.  the long horny internal shell of a squid
 
vb , pens, penning, penned
6.  (tr) to write or compose
 
[Old English pinne, from Late Latin penna (quill) pen, from Latin: feather]

pen2 (pɛn)
 
n
1.  an enclosure in which domestic animals are kept: sheep pen
2.  any place of confinement
3.  a dock for servicing submarines, esp one having a bombproof roof
 
vb , pens, penning, penned, pent
4.  (tr) to enclose or keep in a pen
 
[Old English penn, perhaps related to pin]

pen3 (pɛn)
 
n
informal (US), (Canadian) short for penitentiary

pen4 (pɛn)
 
n
a female swan
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

PEN (pɛn)
 
n acronym for
International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists

pent (pɛnt)
 
vb
a past tense and past participle of pen

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Word Origin & History

pen
"writing implement," c.1300, from O.Fr. penne "quill pen, feather," from L. penna "feather," from PIE *petna-, suffixed form of base *pet- "to rush, fly" (see petition). From the same base comes suffixed form *petra-, source of Skt. patram "wing, feather," Gk. pteron "wing,"
O.C.S. pero "pen," O.N. fjöðr, O.E. feðer (see feather). In later Fr., this word means only "long feather of a bird," while the equivalent of Eng. plume is used for "writing implement," the senses of the two words thus reversed from what they are in English. The verb is 1490, from the noun. Pen-pal first recorded 1938, gradually replacing earlier pen-friend (1933). Pen-and-ink (adj.) is attested from 1676.

pen
"enclosure for animals," O.E. penn, penne, "enclosure," perhaps related to O.E. pinn "pin, peg" (see pin) on notion of a bolted gate or else "structure made of pointed stakes." The verb, "to enclose in a pen" is attested from c.1200. Slang noun meaning "prison" (1884) is shortening
of penitentiary (q.v.), but earlier use (1845) is probably a fig. extension of this word.

pent
"kept in, confined," c.1550, variant of penned, pp. of the verb from pen (2).
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pen definition


  1. n.
    a penitentiary; prison. (Underworld.) : Bart got sent to the pen for fifteen years.
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pen
penitentiary
PEN
  1. International Association of Poets, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists

  2. Peru—nuevo sol (currency)

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We had some tough evenings during those first few weeks because he would
  release all that pent-up frustration from his day.
But the process of filtering through the pent-up supply of potential is
  overwhelming.
However, if you do manage to break through the ice, there is much pent-up and
  sincere warmth to enjoy.
The difficulty of acquiring this material may have hinted at a great, and
  therefore pent-up, demand.
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