ink

n. & v.
—n.
1 a a coloured fluid used for writing with a pen, marking with a rubber stamp, etc. b a thick paste used in printing, duplicating, in ball-point pens, etc.
2 Zool. a black liquid ejected by a cuttlefish, octopus, etc. to confuse a predator.
—v.tr.
1 (usu. foll. by in, over, etc.) mark with ink.
2 cover (type etc.) with ink before printing.
3 apply ink to.
4 (as inked adj.) Austral. sl. drunk.
Phrases and idioms:
ink-blot test = RORSCHACH TEST. ink-cap any fungus of the genus Coprinus. ink-horn hist. a small portable horn container for ink. ink out obliterate with ink. ink-pad an ink-soaked pad, usu. in a box, used for inking a rubber stamp etc. ink-well a pot for ink usu. housed in a hole in a desk.
Derivatives:
inker n.
Etymology: ME enke, inke f. OF enque f. LL encau(s)tum f. Gk egkauston purple ink used by Roman emperors for signature (as EN-(2), CAUSTIC)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Ink — Ink, n. [OE. enke, inke, OF. enque, F. encre, L. encaustum the purple red ink with which the Roman emperors signed their edicts, Gr. ?, fr. ? burnt in, encaustic, fr. ? to burn in. See {Encaustic}, {Caustic}.] 1. A fluid, or a viscous material or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ink in — 1. To fill in (eg a pencil drawing) in ink 2. To apply ink to (a printing roller) • • • Main Entry: ↑ink * * * ˌink ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink´i|ly — ink|y «IHNG kee», adjective, ink|i|er, ink|i|est. 1. like ink; dark or black: »inky shadows. 2. covered with ink; marked or stained with ink: »the inky hands of a printer …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink|y — «IHNG kee», adjective, ink|i|er, ink|i|est. 1. like ink; dark or black: »inky shadows. 2. covered with ink; marked or stained with ink: »the inky hands of a printer …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink — [ɪŋk] verb [transitive] to sign an agreement, contract etc: • The two companies have inked a deal. * * * Ⅰ. ink UK US /ɪŋk/ noun [C] ► a coloured liquid used for writing, printing, etc.: »The ink had hardly dried on Nationwide s announcement when …   Financial and business terms

  • ink´er — ink «ihngk», noun, verb. –n. 1. a colored or black liquid used for writing, printing, or drawing. 2. a dark liquid thrown out for protection by cuttlefish. –v.t. 1. to put ink on; mark or stain with ink: »A poor gentleman who inks the seams of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink — ink; ink·er; ink·i·ness; ink·less; ink·man; ink·horn; …   English syllables

  • ink — [iŋk] n. [ME enke < OFr enque < LL encaustum < Gr enkauston, purple or red ink < enkaustos, burned in < enkaiein, to burn in < en , in + kaiein, to burn < IE base * kai > HEAT] 1. a colored liquid used for writing, drawing …   English World dictionary

  • Ink — Ink, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inked} ([i^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Inking}.] To put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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