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Pen vs. Sty

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Pennoun

An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.

‘There are two steers in the third pen.’;

Stynoun

A pen or enclosure for swine.

Pennoun

(slang) A prison cell.

‘They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the pen again.’;

Stynoun

(figurative) A messy, dirty or debauched place.

Pennoun

(baseball) The bullpen.

‘Two righties are up in the pen.’;

Stynoun

A ladder.

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Pennoun

A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.

‘He took notes with a pen.’;

Stynoun

(disease) An inflammation of the eyelid.

Pennoun

(figurative) A writer, or his style.

‘He has a sharp pen.’;

Styverb

To place in, or as if in, a sty

Pennoun

(colloquial) Marks of ink left by a pen.

‘He's unhappy because he got pen on his new shirt.’;

Styverb

To live in a sty, or any messy or dirty place

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Pennoun

A light pen.

Styverb

(obsolete) To ascend, rise up, climb.

Pennoun

(zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.

Stynoun

A pen or inclosure for swine.

Pennoun

A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.

Stynoun

A place of bestial debauchery.

‘To roll with pleasure in a sensual sty.’;

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Pennoun

(poetic) A wing.

Stynoun

An inflamed swelling or boil on the edge of the eyelid.

Pennoun

A female swan.

Styverb

To shut up in, or as in, a sty.

Pennoun

penalty

Styverb

To soar; to ascend; to mount. See Stirrup.

‘With bolder wing shall dare aloft to sty,To the last praises of this Faery Queene.’;

Penverb

(transitive) To enclose in a pen.

Stynoun

an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid

Penverb

(transitive) To write (an article, a book, etc.).

Stynoun

a pen for swine

Pennoun

A feather.

Sty

A sty or pigsty is a small-scale outdoor enclosure for raising domestic pigs as livestock. It is sometimes referred to as a hog pen, hog parlor, pigpen, pig parlor, or pig-cote, although pig pen may refer to pens confining pigs that are kept as pets as well.

Pennoun

A wing.

Pennoun

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.’;

Pennoun

Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.

Pennoun

The internal shell of a squid.

Pennoun

A female swan; - contrasted with cob, the male swan.

Pennoun

A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.

‘My father stole two geese out of a pen.’;

Pennoun

A penitentiary[6]; a prison.

Penverb

To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet.

Penverb

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.

‘Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.’;

Pennoun

a writing implement with a point from which ink flows

Pennoun

an enclosure for confining livestock

Pennoun

a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play

Pennoun

a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

Pennoun

female swan

Penverb

produce a literary work;

‘She composed a poem’; ‘He wrote four novels’;

Pennoun

an instrument for writing or drawing with ink, typically consisting of a metal nib or ball, or a nylon tip, fitted into a metal or plastic holder.

Pennoun

the occupation of writing

‘she was forced to support herself by the pen’;

Pennoun

an electronic device like a pen, used in conjunction with a writing surface to enter commands or data into a computer.

Pennoun

the tapering cartilaginous internal shell of a squid.

Pennoun

a small enclosure in which sheep, pigs, or other farm animals are kept

‘a sheep pen’;

Pennoun

a number of animals in or sufficient to fill a pen

‘a pen of twenty-five Cheviots’;

Pennoun

any small enclosure in which someone or something can be confined

‘she took the baby out of the pen and played with it’;

Pennoun

a covered dock for a submarine or other warship

‘U-boat pens’;

Pennoun

(in the West Indies) a farm or plantation.

Pennoun

a female swan.

Pennoun

short for penitentiary (sense 1)

‘you could get twenty years in a federal pen for shooting your mouth off like that’;

Penverb

write or compose

‘Olivia penned award-winning poetry’;

Penverb

put or keep (an animal) in a pen

‘it was the practice to pen the sheep for clipping’; ‘these cattle need to be penned in at night’;

Penverb

confine someone in a restricted space

‘they had been penned up day and night in the house’;

Pen

A pen is a common writing instrument used to apply ink to a surface, usually paper, for writing or drawing. Historically, reed pens, quill pens, and dip pens were used, with a nib dipped in ink.

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