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  Dictionary Definition of pen

International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists.
pen [1]
1. any instrument for writing with ink.
2. a small instrument of steel or other metal, with a split point, used, when fitted into a penholder, for writing with ink; nib.
3. the pen and penholder together.
4. a quill pointed and split at the nib, used for writing with ink.
5. the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship: the pen is mightier than the sword.
6. style or quality of writing.
7. a writer or author.
8. the profession of writing or literature: men of the pen.
9. Ornithology a. a large feather of the wing or tail; a quill feather; a quill. b. a pin-feather of a bird.
10. something resembling or suggesting a feather or quill.
11. Zoology an internal, corneous or chitinous, feather-shaped structure in certain cephalopods, as the squid.
-- verb (t) ( penned, penning )
12. to write with a pen; set down in writing.
[ME penne, from OF, from LL penna pen, from L: feather]