crayon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crayon write, draw, or trace with a crayon
    • n crayon writing implement consisting of a colored stick of composition wax used for writing and drawing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1903, there were originally only eight Crayola crayons in a box and they sold for five cents
    • Crayon A crayon drawing.
    • Crayon (Electricity) A pencil of carbon used in producing electric light.
    • Crayon An implement for drawing, made of clay and plumbago, or of some preparation of chalk, usually sold in small prisms or cylinders. "Let no day pass over you . . . without giving some strokes of the pencil or the crayon ."
    • v. t Crayon To sketch, as with a crayon; to sketch or plan. "He soon afterwards composed that discourse, conformably to the plan which he had crayoned out."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The best selling Crayola crayon box is the set of 24 crayons
    • n crayon A pencil-shaped piece of colored clay, chalk, or charcoal, used for drawing upon paper. Crayons are made from certain mineral substances in their natural state, such as red or black chalk, but they are more commonly manufactured from a fine paste of chalk or pipeclay colored with various pigments, and consolidated by means of gum, wax, soap, etc. Crayons vary in hardness. The soft crayons and the half-hard are used through the medium of a stump, while the hard are used as a lead-pencil. See pastel.
    • n crayon A pencil made of a composition of soap, resin, wax, and lampblack, used for drawing upon lithographic stones.
    • n crayon One of the carbon-points in an electric lamp.
    • crayon Drawn with crayons: as, a crayon sketch.
    • crayon To sketch or draw with a crayon.
    • crayon Hence To sketch in general; plan; commit to paper one's first thoughts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soy crayons have been invented to replace wax crayons and one acre of soybeans can produce over 80,000 crayons
    • n Crayon krā′on a pencil made of chalk or pipeclay, variously coloured, used for drawing: a drawing done with crayons
    • v.t Crayon to draw with a crayon
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a crayon, a lead pencil (crayon Conté, Conté's pencil, i. e., one made a black compound invented by Conté), fr. craie, chalk, L. creta,; said to be, properly, Cretan earth, fr. Creta, the island Crete. Cf. Cretaceous

Usage

In literature:

The last essay in the "Spirit of the Age" is entitled "Elia and Geoffrey Crayon.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
But no crayon could convey an idea of the squeaky voice and the supercilious manner.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
Young as you are in years, you are too old to begin with the crayon.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
So heartbroken was I that it was long before I felt able to take to my crayons again.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Cheap colored crayons can often be used with added value.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
The outline as well as the rest of the picture is drawn in crayon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Use charcoal, or colored crayon, on manila paper.
"Stories Pictures Tell" by Flora Carpenter
They colored pictures with their crayons.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
A sudden twist of the crayon, and lo, a wild bull was charging at the basket and its baby.
"The Story of Chautauqua" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
For a little while, Silas made no reply, but sat like one dazed, his eyes fixed on the crayon portrait of himself.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
Pencil cannot be reproduced at all, and crayon but poorly.
"Harper's Round Table, July 30, 1895" by Various
Many a time I had to point my crayons, Conte No.
"Fragments of an Autobiography" by Felix Moscheles
It is also largely used in the composition of crayons, in tannery, and in medicine (as an astringent and styptic).
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
The student who has access to colored crayons should color one edge of Fig.
"A Text-Book of Astronomy" by George C. Comstock
Assuming that the transfer method has been employed, the stone must be prepared according as the drawing is made with ink or with crayon.
"The Essentials of Illustration" by T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
Perhaps it might be well to enshrine "Geoffrey Crayon's Sceptre" in a somewhat similar way.
"Shakespeare's England" by William Winter
By Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3)" by Various
Lead pencil and crayon, and as cheap as mud.
"The Sherrods" by George Barr McCutcheon
He would try making crayon portraits.
"Famous Men of Science" by Sarah K. Bolton
Reason then holds the crayon.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

My son lays down his pens, his crayon box in
front of me
and asks me to draw a homeland for him.
The brush trembles in my hands
and I sink, weeping.
"A Lesson In Drawing" by Nizar Qabbani
How easy! no troublesome colors to lay on,
It can't have fatigued him,— no, not in the least,—
A dash here and there with a haphazard crayon,
And there stands the wrinkled-skinned, baggy-limbed beast.
"A Familiar Letter" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

SNOWMASS VILLAGE — They are as colorful as a shiny box of crayons and drift effortlessly among the clouds.
Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon.
Kindergartners arriving in classroom C-15 one recent morning grabbed their crayon boxes, took their - 11:24 pm.
This will be used to melt the crayons.
He will be arriving at our house tonight to fill stockings with new boxes of Crayons, Hot Wheels cars and flavored lip glosses.
Doctors Say Crayons Are The Most-Common Thing Kids Stick Up Their Nose.
For the back-to-school season, Kraft has partnered with Crayola for a joint promotion that disrupts the string-cheese shelf with limited-edition packaging that turns Kraft and Polly-O brand string-cheese pouches into colorful crayon boxes.
Twenty years ago, Bob McGrath, the artistic director of Ridge Theater, received a letter written half in crayon and half in pencil.
Hey, kids, get out your paint and crayons, your markers and colored pencils.
Juice boxes, nap time, and crayons.
"We collected toy cars, crayons, pencils and all kinds of toys," Thornton said.
Dad James Orta tries a little crayon coloring with his 2-year-old daughter Madison at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens Fall Festival Saturday.
The spokesman for Bianchi said an x-ray examination of the package showed no items of concern, and that when it was opened, Morris County Sheriff's Office Emergency Service members found 48 boxes of crayons.
It borders on cliché , but the list would not be complete without "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson.
'Suspicious package' at Whippany Jewish center was a box of crayons.
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