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[krey-on, -uh n] /ˈkreɪ ɒn, -ən/
a pointed stick or pencil of colored clay, chalk, wax, etc., used for drawing or coloring.
a drawing in crayons.
verb (used with object)
to draw or color with a crayon or crayons.
verb (used without object)
to make a drawing with crayons.
Origin of crayon
1635-45; < French, equivalent to craie chalk (< Latin crēta clay, chalk) + -on noun suffix
Related forms
crayonist, noun Unabridged
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/ˈkreɪən; -ɒn/
a small stick or pencil of charcoal, wax, clay, or chalk mixed with coloured pigment
a drawing made with crayons
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

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.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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