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crayon

[krey-on, -uh n] /ˈkreɪ ɒn, -ən/
noun
1.
a pointed stick or pencil of colored clay, chalk, wax, etc., used for drawing or coloring.
2.
a drawing in crayons.
verb (used with object)
3.
to draw or color with a crayon or crayons.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a drawing with crayons.
Origin of crayon
1635-1645
1635-45; < French, equivalent to craie chalk (< Latin crēta clay, chalk) + -on noun suffix
Related forms
crayonist, noun
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  • It had crayon enlargements of Mrs. Dennis and the two small Dennises in the parlor and in the guest room and in Mr. Dennis' room.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • crayon will not write on the smooth, glazed parts of a blackboard.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • A stone grained for crayon work is prepared with aquafortis and gum.

    The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder
  • And with a crayon he made drawings on the wainscot of the room.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • Mr. crayon was self-made, and was willing that it should be known.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • I regret I could not crayon it, for it is worth being portrayed.

  • The following method will be found useful, especially if you want to exhibit a crayon without the expense of framing it.

    Crayon Portraiture Jerome A. Barhydt
  • But with a bit of crayon a great artist makes an immortal sketch.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • The pocket-book was specially made with paper which would take pencil, colour, crayon, ink or charcoal.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
British Dictionary definitions for crayon

crayon

/ˈkreɪən; -ɒn/
noun
1.
a small stick or pencil of charcoal, wax, clay, or chalk mixed with coloured pigment
2.
a drawing made with crayons
verb
3.
to draw or colour with crayons
Derived Forms
crayonist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from craie, from Latin crēta chalk
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Word Origin and History for crayon
n.

1640s, from French crayon "pencil" (16c.), originally "chalk pencil," from craie "chalk," from Latin creta "chalk, pipe-clay," of unknown origin. Not now considered to mean "Cretan earth," as once was believed.

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crayon in Technology

1. Someone who works on Cray supercomputers. More specifically, it implies a programmer, probably of the CDC ilk, probably male, and almost certainly wearing a tie (irrespective of gender). Systems types who have a Unix background tend not to be described as crayons.
2. A computron that participates only in number crunching.
3. A unit of computational power equal to that of a single Cray-1. There is a standard joke about this usage that derives from an old Crayola crayon promotional gimmick: When you buy 64 crayons you get a free sharpener.
[Jargon File]
(1994-10-13)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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