from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To mark, coat, or stain with ink.
  • transitive v. Informal To append one's signature to (a contract, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.
  • n. 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. Publicity.
  • n. Tattoo work.
  • n. Cheap red wine.
  • v. To apply ink to; to cover or smear with ink.
  • v. To sign (a document) (with or as if with ink).
  • v. To apply a tattoo to (someone).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To color with ink.
  • To spread ink over; daub with ink.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").



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