• WordNet 3.6
    • n inkstand a tray or stand for writing implements and containers for ink
    • n inkstand a small well holding writing ink into which a pen can be dipped
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inkstand A small vessel for holding ink, to dip the pen into; also, a device for holding ink and writing materials.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inkstand A small cup-like receptacle, with or without a cover, for holding the ink used in writing. Inkstands are of various materials, as glass, porcelain, metal, etc., or of combinations of materials (as a glass cup or ink-well in a wooden or metallic container), and of many forms, as the globular, the well, the fountain, the chambered, and the invertible inkstands.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Inkstand a vessel for holding ink
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  • Herman Melville
    “Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enque (Fr. encre)—Low L. encaustum, the purple-red ink used by the later Roman emperors—Gr. engkaustonengkaiein, to burn in. See Encaustic.


In literature:

Inkstand, pens, paper-weight, calendar, and other trifles of a strictly necessary nature stood upon the blotter.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
He tapped with his pen on the inkstand.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
I wrote my letters one morning in his study, at his own writing table, and using his own inkstand.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
On a small shelf over one of the desks rested two new inkstands and several boxes of pens.
"The Missing Tin Box" by Arthur M. Winfield
Balzac cared for them only if they would fit into his inkstand.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
Inkstands, slates, paper, and pencils were on the table, and four candles were burning.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
There was undoubtedly a devil, else how could good Doctor Luther have thrown his inkstand at him?
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
Everything was in keeping, down to the ponderous leaden inkstand on the round table.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The old pewter inkstands had been melted into bullets.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I have an old bronze inkstand that is a model of it.
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

I was an Inkstand new,
Papa he likes to use it;
He keeps it in his pocket now,
For fear that he should lose it.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
If I could let the pen alone and leave the inkstand dry,
And forego perpetual effort to be climbing, climbing high,
And lay aside my mad designs to startle and enchant,
I might enjoy the sweet of common living. But I can't.
""I Might-And I Might Not"" by Gamaliel Bradford