Cray"on (krā"?n), n. [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.] 1. 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.
&fist; 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 drawing. -- Crayon
drawing, the act or art of drawing with crayons; a
drawing made with crayons.
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.