American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pigmented liquid or paste used especially for writing or printing.
- n. A dark liquid ejected for protection by most cephalopods, including the octopus and squid.
- n. Informal Coverage in the print media; publicity: Her campaign rallies generated a lot of ink.
- v. To mark, coat, or stain with ink.
- v. Informal To append one's signature to (a contract, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colored fluid of slight viscosity used for writing or drawing, or a more viscous colored substance used in printing: distinguished as writing-ink and printing-ink. Common black writing-ink is generally made of an infusion of galls, copperas, and gum arabic. The coloring matter is the gallotannate of iron, which is suspended in water by gum arabic; a little logwood is generally added to deepen and improve the color. Sulphate of copper is also sometimes used in making writing-ink, but is rather injurious than otherwise. Printing-ink is a mechanical mixture of boiled oil and a black or colored pigment. For most inks linseed-oil is used, generally with some rosin; but rosin alone is used for the coarsest inks, and nut-oil or other fine oil for the finest. The pigment for black ink is lampblack or other carbonaceous matter. Soap is added to increase the facility of impression.
- n. In zoology, the inky fluid of a cephalopod, as the cuttlefish.
- n. A mixture of lampblack and turpentine used with a brush or stencil for marking packing-cases and other packages.
- n. A writing-ink which cannot be changed by chemicals.
- To color with ink.
- To spread ink over; daub with ink.
- n. In falconry, the neck, or that part from the head to the body of the bird that a hawk preys upon.
- n. The socket of a mill-spindle.
- n. A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.
- n. countable A particular type, color or container of this fluid.
- n. The black or dark-colored fluid ejected by squid, octopus etc, as a protective strategy.
- n. slang, uncountable Publicity.
- n. slang, uncountable Tattoo work.
- n. slang Cheap red wine.
- v. transitive To apply ink to; to cover or smear with ink.
- v. transitive To sign (a document) (with or as if with ink).
- v. transitive To apply a tattoo to (someone).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mach.) The step, or socket, in which the lower end of a millstone spindle runs.
- n. A fluid, or a viscous material or preparation of various kinds (commonly black or colored), used in writing or printing.
- n. A pigment. See India ink, under India.
- v. To put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink.
- v. append one's signature to
- n. dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods
- v. fill with ink
- n. a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing
- v. mark, coat, cover, or stain with ink
- From Old French enque, from Latin encaustum ("purple ink used by Roman emperors to sign documents"), from Ancient Greek ἔγκαυστον (enkauston, "burned-in"), from ἐν (en, "in") + καίω (kaiō, "burn"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English inke, from Old French enque, from Late Latin encaustum, purple ink, from Greek enkauston, painted in encaustic, from enkaiein, to paint in encaustic, burn in; see encaustic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“And I'm told that what they call ink comes off on your fingers like lamp-black.”
“Consider the tremendous amount of ink spilled by bloggers on this and other sites (well, actually "ink" is not quite the right word) on the issue of torture and detainee mistreatment.”
“The ink is being put on fans who are getting a tattoo for the first time to show their loyalty to the movies.”
“Ink jet printers are so cheap because the ink is SO EXPENSIVE.”
“I, for one, am tire of hearing about the next elections before the ink is dry on the last one.”
“He snatches up a finch and deftly dips its feet in ink, stamping glyphs across the page.”
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