Island vs Pencil - What's the difference?

island | pencil |

As a proper noun island

is iceland.

As a noun pencil is

(obsolete) a paintbrush.

As a verb pencil is

to write something using a pencil.



Alternative forms

* (l) (nonstandard) * (l), (l), (l) (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.
  • * 2002 , Gordon L. Rottman, World War 2 Pacific island guide
  • Sumatra is the second largest island in the East Indies and the fourth largest in the world covering 182,859 square miles.
  • An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
  • an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)
    an island of colour on a butterfly's wing
  • * 1939 , Deseret News, October 27 1939, Roosevelt Reaffirms American Neutrality
  • King Leopold, speaking in fluent English during his six minute broadcast, said Belgium stood side by side with Holland "an Island of peace in the interests of all"
  • A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck.
  • (chiefly, UK) A traffic island.
  • the island in the middle of a roundabout


    * (land surrounded by water) (l), (l) * (an entity surrounded by other very different entities) oasis

    Derived terms

    * coney island * desert island * floating island * heat island * high island * interisland * islander * island dispenser * island display * island-hop * island position * island state * island universe * islandwide * islandy * low island * no man is an island * safety island * security island * the Island * sea-island * tidal island


    (en verb)
  • To surround with water; make into an island
  • * 1933 , Harriet Monroe, Poetry: Volume 42
  • We paused at little river cities along the way and walked upon their bushy dikes, and heard tales of overflows in flood seasons, when four feet or more of water islanded the houses.
  • To set, dot (as if) with islands
  • To isolate
  • * , (A Shropshire Lad), XXVII, lines 1-2
  • ''High the vanes of (Shrewsbury) gleam
    Islanded in Severn stream''.


    * (l)

    See also

    * archipelago * atoll * cay, key * continent * peninsula


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    (wikipedia pencil)


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A paintbrush.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.0:
  • But living art may not least part expresse, / Nor life-resembling pencill it can paynt.
  • *, II.17:
  • *:why is it not lawfull for every man to pourtray himself with his pen, as it was for him to doe it with a pensell ?
  • Writing utensil that uses graphite (commonly referred to as lead). Regular pencils usually have a graphite shaft surrounded by wood. Also available in a mechanical version where the graphite length can be adjusted and sharpening is not needed.
  • (geometry) A family of geometric objects with a common property, such as the set of lines that pass through a given point in a projective plane.
  • (optics) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point.
  • * 1863 , The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal
  • When, by the pencil becoming oblique to the surface, the vergency produced on the pencil becomes changed, the primary and secondary focal points, V and H, separate
  • (medicine, archaic) A small medicated bougie.
  • Derived terms

    * carpenter's pencil * china pencil * color pencil, colored pencil, coloring pencil * colour pencil, coloured pencil, colouring pencil * golf pencil * grease pencil * lead pencil * mechanical pencil * * pencil crayon * pencil lead * pencil pusher * pencil sharpener * pencil skirt * pencil stub * propelling pencil * wax pencil


  • to write something using a pencil
  • I penciled''' (''BrEn:'' '''pencilled ) it in my notebook.

    Derived terms

    * pencil in