Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pencil of soft slate, or like material, used for writing or figuring on framed pieces of slate.
“When we came in sight of a town, it looked, to my fancy, like a large drawing on a slate, with abundance of slate-pencil expended on the churches and houses where the snow lay thickest.”
“The incense sickened her and a stray, ragged note from one of the tenors in the choir grated on her ear like the shriek of a slate-pencil.”
“The nut-crackers played at leap-frog, and the slate-pencil ran about the slate; there was such a noise that the canary woke up and began to talk to them, in poetry too!”
“It was torture to me to have to listen to the grating of a slate-pencil, the filing of a saw, or the scratching of glass.”
“The exercises of the conspirators varied from day to day, but consisted mainly of foot-scraping, solos on the slate-pencil, (making it _screech_ on the slate,) falling of heavy books, attacks of coughing, banging of desk-lids, boot-creaking, with sounds as of drawing a cork from time to time, followed by suppressed chuckles.”
“Foresters chew this tenacious morsel as tars nibble at a bit of oakum, grooms at a straw, Southerns at tobacco, or school-girls at a slate-pencil.”
“A fine, long, new slate-pencil grandly encased for half its length in gold paper.”
“The fine, new, long slate-pencil encased in gold paper.”
“My brother Roscoe whipped me once, when we were boys, for stepping on his slate-pencil.”
“Many of those dames wore little bunches of black curls to enhance the effect, those tight, stiff little curls that looked like they had been wound on a slate-pencil.”
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