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3 definitions found
 for penning
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pen \Pen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penned; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Penning.]
     To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to
     compose; as, to pen a sonnet. "A prayer elaborately penned."
     --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pen \Pen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pennedor Pent (?); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Penning.] [OE. pennen, AS. pennan in on-pennan to
     unfasten, prob. from the same source as pin, and orig.
     meaning, to fasten with a peg.See Pin, n. & v.]
     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. "Away with her, and pen her up." --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.
                                                    --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  penning
      n 1: 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]

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