Pemphigus to Penetralia
(||Pem*phi"gus) n. [Nl., fr. Gr. a bubble.] (Med.) A somewhat rare skin disease, characterized
by the development of blebs upon different part of the body. Quain.
(Pen) n. [OE. penne, OF. penne, pene, F. penne, fr. L. penna.]
1. A feather. [Obs.] Spenser.
2. A wing. [Obs.] Milton.
3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other
bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument
for scratching or graving.
Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock.Job xix. 24.
4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen. "Those learned pens." Fuller.
5. (Zoöl.) The internal shell of a squid.
6. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoöl.) A female swan. [Prov. Eng.]
Bow pen. See Bow-pen. Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines. Drawing, or Ruling,
pen, a pen for ruling lines having a pair of blades between which the ink is contained. Fountain
pen, Geometric pen. See under Fountain, and Geometric. Music pen, a pen having five points
for drawing the five lines of the staff. Pen and ink, or pen- and-ink, executed or done with a pen
and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch. Pen feather. A pin feather. [Obs.] Pen name. See under
Name. Sea pen (Zoöl.), a pennatula. [Usually written sea- pen.]
(Pen), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Penning ] To write; to compose and commit
to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet. "A prayer elaborately penned." Milton.
(Pen), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned or Pent ; p. pr. & vb. n. Penning.] [OE. pennen, AS. pennan
in on-pennan to unfasten, prob. from the same source as pin, and orig. meaning, to fasten with a
peg.See Pin, n. & v.] To shut up, as in a pen or cage; to confine in a small inclosure or narrow space; to
coop up, or shut in; to inclose. "Away with her, and pen her up." Shak.
Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.Milton.
(Pen), n. [From Pen to shut in.] A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.
My father stole two geese out of a pen.Shak.
Penal code (Law), a code of laws concerning crimes and offenses and their punishment. Penal
laws, Penal statutes (Law), laws prohibited certain acts, and imposing penalties for committing them.
Penal servitude, imprisonment with hard labor, in a prison, in lieu of transportation. [Great Brit.]
Penal suit, Penal action (Law), a suit for penalties.
(Pe"nal) a. [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F. pénal. See Pain.] Of or pertaining to
punishment, to penalties, or to crimes and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence: as: (a) Enacting
or threatening punishment; as, a penal statue; the penal code. (b) Incurring punishment; subject to a
penalty; as, a penalact of offense. (c) Inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment; as, a
penal colony or settlement. "Adamantine chains and penal fire." Milton.
(Pe*nal"i*ty) n. [Cf. LL. poenalitas. See Penalty.] The quality or state of being penal; lability
to punishment. Sir T. Browne.