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


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)
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)



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