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
Usage notesWhile probably archaic, Gilbert's use (in the quote given above) has kept the word current.
- (alternative form'') past of pen