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

  • n. A blotted pattern of spilled ink.
  • n. A pattern resembling an inkblot that is used in inkblot tests, such as the Rorschach test.

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  • n. a blot of ink
  • n. a dark, shapeless object
  • n. one of the pictures used as stimuli in the Rorschach inkblot test

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  • n. a blot made with ink


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  • The title comes not from the company's namesake, Swiss psychoanalytic pioneer Hermann Rorschach and his inkblot test, but from the German word for inkblot, "kleck," which was Rorschach's nickname as a boy because he liked to draw, and from a childhood game he played making up stories based on shapes in inkblots.

    Rorschach, putting on its inking cap

  • Nicholson wants his troops to focus mostly on the most populated towns, adhering to the so-called inkblot concept -- once you control populated areas, control seeps outwards.

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  • He dubbed the approach the "inkblot" strategy, for how counterinsurgency would slowly spread, village by village, on the map.

    Military Innovator Who Sought New Approach to Battle in Vietnam

  • His secondary-school nickname was Kleck, meaning "inkblot," because of his interest in sketching.

    Died This Day: Hermann Rorschach

  • First of all, there is that ninth amendment "inkblot".

    I think I've found the ultimate in anti-Palin gas-baggery.

  • Bork described the Ninth as an "inkblot" with an indiscernible meaning.

    Where is the Ninth Amendment hiding?

  • Democrats should instead urge that the United States send in more troops in a spreading ''inkblot'' strategy to secure neighborhoods and deny support and safe haven for terrorists, as numerous military experts have advocated since the war began.

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  • The main characters of the show were the Warner Brothers and their Sister Dot, three early "inkblot" characters of indeterminate specias who had been locked in the studio water tower for 65 years.

    ANIMANIACS, part 1

  • It isn't an "inkblot," it's a restatement of a theme that has echoed down the theme since Magna Carta "No freemen shall be taken or imprisoned or disseised or exiled or in any way destroyed, nor will we go upon him nor send upon him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land".

    ''The virtues of a bright-line rule surely cannot alone justify regulating constitutional speech."

  • Until he can get more reinforcements from Iraq, MacKiernan will have to adopt an "inkblot" strategy, defending small portions of the country and hoping the security blanket spreads to neighboring areas. Top Stories


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