Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An implement for sharpening the point of a lead-pencil or a slate-pencil. In the common form the end of the pencil is drawn or rotated against a fixed cutter or a series of cutting edges.
“When cut across the grain by the giant pencil-sharpener as the buds bubble towards the bark of the tree, their turbulence is displayed, with every little eddy and vortex held perfectly still.”
“Then it is boiled to prevent it splitting, rotated on a machine like a pencil-sharpener, and veneer half a millimetre thick comes peeling off the blade.”
“In 1912, a pencil-sharpener salesman named Edgar Rice Burroughs published in a short novel ‘Under the Moons of Mars’ in All-Story Magazine.”
“They have a line of premium reproductions of 1920s-era office tools, including a heart-stoppingly lovely stapler and pencil-sharpener (the pencil sharpener has a little window so you can peer into its guts and watch your pencil transformed).”
“Fantastico 1920s Spanish stapler and pencil-sharpener”
“She called on him to hand out the new textbook, and as he got up to approach the desk he saw Gloria Reese drop her pencil-sharpener into the trash basket and bend down to retrieve it.”
“At last; in desperation, the Crown Prince deliberately broke off the point of his pencil, and went to the desk where Miss Braithwaite sat, monarch of the American pencil-sharpener which was the beloved of his heart.”
“Guess we've made another million dollars," he observed to the pencil-sharpener.”
“I've had worse snips than that from a pencil-sharpener.”
“No; the pencil-sharpener smashed first time I used it, and the net-bag got lost at home.”
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