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Meaning of CRAYON

Pronunciation:  'kreyân

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  writing implement consisting of a colored stick of composition wax used for writing and drawing
  2. [v]  write, draw, or trace with a crayon

CRAYON is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: wax crayon
 See Also: draw, writing implement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cray"on\ (kr?"?n), n. [F., a crayon, a lead pencil
    (crayon Cont['e] Cont['e]'s pencil, i. e., one made a black
    compound invented by Cont['e]), fr. craie chalk, L. creta;
    said to be, properly, Cretan earth, fr. Creta the island
    Crete. Cf. {Cretaceous}.]
    1. An implement for drawing, made of clay and plumbago, or of
       some preparation of chalk, usually sold in small prisms or
             Let no day pass over you . . . without giving some
             strokes of the pencil or the crayon.  --Dryden.
    Note: The black crayon gives a deeper black than the lead
          pencil. This and the colored crayons are often called
          chalks. The red crayon is also called sanguine. See
          {Chalk}, and {Sanguine}.
    2. A crayon drawing.
    3. (Electricity) A pencil of carbon used in producing
       electric light.
    {Crayon board}, cardboard with a surface prepared for crayon
    {Crayon drawing}, the act or art of drawing with crayons; a
       drawing made with crayons.
  2. \Cray"on\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crayoned} (-?nd); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Crayoning}.] [Cf. F. crayonner.]
    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.   --Malone.
Computing Dictionary

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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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing crayons in your dream, represents some childhood memories or a period of time where you were more carefree. It is also symbolic of creativity. You may need to think outside the lines into more unconventional thoughts and ways of doing things. Consider the symbolism of the color of the crayon.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: air brush, art paper, black and white, brouillon, brush, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas, cartoon, chalk, charcoal, charcoal drawing, chiaroscuro, delineation, design, diagram, doodle, draft, drawing, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier, easel, ebauche, esquisse, fixative, graph, ground, lay figure, line drawing, maulstick, medium, paint, paintbrush, palette, palette knife, pastel, pen-and-ink, pencil, pencil drawing, pigments, rough copy, rough draft, rough outline, scratchboard, siccative, silhouette, silver-print drawing, sinopia, sketch, sketchbook, sketchpad, spatula, spray gun, study, stump, tracing, varnish, vignette