Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pencil of soft slate, or like material, used for writing or figuring on framed pieces of slate.

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Examples

  • 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 Holly-Tree

  • 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 Holly-Tree

  • 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!

    The Yellow Fairy Book

  • 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.

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • A fine, long, new slate-pencil grandly encased for half its length in gold paper.

    Americans All Stories of American Life of To-Day

  • The fine, new, long slate-pencil encased in gold paper.

    Americans All Stories of American Life of To-Day

  • 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 Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 59, September, 1862

  • 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.

    Flappers and Philosophers

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