1. a pencil (traditionally blue) used to make corrections, deletions, or other changes in editing a manuscript: »

Most people imagine that an editor's life consists in sitting in an armchair wielding a blue pencil (Science News).

2. a correction, deletion, or other change made with or as if with a blue pencil: »

Figurative. In desperation, the five-man Commission accepted the blue pencil of the censor (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists).

blue-pen|cil «BLOO PEHN suhl», transitive verb, -ciled, -cil|ing or (especially British) -cilled, -cil|ling.
1. to change, cut down, or cross out with a pencil: »

He blue-pencilled false quantities in Latin verse (G. Cannan).

2. to edit or censor.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

См. также в других словарях:

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