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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]penning n : the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship" [syn: writing, authorship, composition]penning See pen

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Old English


Common Germanic *panningaz


penning m
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