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1 a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
2 an enclosure for confining livestock
3 a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play [syn: playpen]
4 a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes [syn: penitentiary]
5 female swan v : produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels" [syn: write, compose, indite] [also: pent, penning, penned]pent adj : closely confined [syn: shut up(p)]pent See pen

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Confined in a pen, imprisoned.
    My object all sublime
    I shall achieve in time —
    To let the punishment fit the crime —
    The punishment fit the crime;
    And make each prisoner pent
    Unwillingly represent
    A source of innocent merriment!
    Of innocent merriment! — W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado.

Usage notes

While probably archaic, Gilbert's use (in the quote given above) has kept the word current.


  1. (alternative form'') past of pen
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