• WordNet 3.6
    • v ink fill with ink "ink a pen"
    • v ink mark, coat, cover, or stain with ink "he inked his finger"
    • v ink append one's signature to "They inked the contract"
    • n ink dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods
    • n ink a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Four Rabbits as Black as Ink Entered Four Rabbits as Black as Ink Entered
Ink impressions of leaves Ink impressions of leaves
Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Spanish Pyrenees, when a beekeeper dies, each of his bees is splashed with a drop of Black Ink.
    • Ink A fluid, or a viscous material or preparation of various kinds (commonly black or colored), used in writing or printing. "Make there a prick with ink .""Deformed monsters, foul and black as ink ."
    • Ink A pigment. See India ink, under India.
    • n Ink ĭṉk (Mach) The step, or socket, in which the lower end of a millstone spindle runs.
    • v. t Ink To put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Starch is used as a binder in the production of paper. It is the use of a starch coating that controls ink penetration when printing. Cheaper papers do not use as much starch, and this is why your elbows get black when you are leaning over your morning paper.
    • n ink 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. Common black writing-ink is generally made of an infusion of galls, copperas, and gum arabic. The coloring matter is the gallotannate of iron, which is suspended in water by gum arabic; a little logwood is generally added to deepen and improve the color. Sulphate of copper is also sometimes used in making writing-ink, but is rather injurious than otherwise. Printing-ink is a mechanical mixture of boiled oil and a black or colored pigment. For most inks linseed-oil is used, generally with some rosin; but rosin alone is used for the coarsest inks, and nut-oil or other fine oil for the finest. The pigment for black ink is lampblack or other carbonaceous matter. Soap is added to increase the facility of impression.
    • n ink In zoology, the inky fluid of a cephalopod, as the cuttlefish.
    • n ink A mixture of lampblack and turpentine used with a brush or stencil for marking packing-cases and other packages.
    • n ink A writing-ink which cannot be changed by chemicals.
    • ink To color with ink.
    • ink To spread ink over; daub with ink.
    • n ink In falconry, the neck, or that part from the head to the body of the bird that a hawk preys upon.
    • n ink The socket of a mill-spindle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling refused to write with anything other than black ink.
    • n Ink ingk a coloured fluid used in writing, printing, &c
    • v.t Ink to daub with ink
    • adj Ink pedantic
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it -- ink it!”
  • Qur'an
    “If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would be spent before the Words of my lord are spent.”
  • The Koran
    The Koran
    “The ink of the scholar and the blood of a martyr are of equal value in heaven.”
  • Ludwig Von Mises
    Ludwig Von Mises
    “Government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper, and make it worthless by applying ink.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The palest ink lasts longer than the most retentive memory.”
  • Horace Walpole
    “It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.”


Before the ink is dry - If people make an agreement or contract and then the situation changes very quickly, it changes before the ink is dry.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

They t'ink themself better than a white man, hey!
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Its ink-plate was flat and stationary.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
But there was no ink.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
She produced a portfolio, got out her ink-bottle and pen, dipped the pen in ink, and looked up at Penelope.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
He new man, I t'ink.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
I was lazy last night, so both the ink-pot and its owner had a rest.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
Red ink makes good colouring matter.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
I t'ink you feel bad if I tell.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
On the desk beside the manuscript lies an ink-horn.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
Me t'ink 'bout dem wun da 'Gator is bin come; me t'ink 'bout dem bumbye wun da time come fer t'ink.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris

In poetry:

'Tis very odd; the oddest thing I've heard
For a long time. Send me a pen and ink;
I have to write some letters.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
I will not ask you to sit still;
You shall be naughty when you will;
Shall spill my ink and spoil my quill,
And squander all my morning.
"Dead!" by Alfred Austin
O sistah, w'en de rain come down,
An' all yo' hopes is 'bout to drown,
Don't trus' de Mastah less.
He smilin' w'en you t'ink he frown,
He ain' gwine let yo' soul sink down--
Lay low in de wildaness.
"A Plantation Melody" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Huge waves rolled in with frightful din,
And spat out hissing foam,
And smote the sand along the strand,
And swept off many a home;
And lightnings flashed and thunder crashed
From heaven's ink-black dome.
"A Story Of The Sea" by John Lawson Stoddard
W'en t'orty year is nearly t'roo
An' devil’s not come back
'Course Louis say, 'Wall! he forget
Or t'ink de tam’s not finish yet;
I’ll tak' ma chance an' never fret,"
But dat’s w'ere he mak' mistak'.
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
O! all de monee dat I mak' w'en I be travel roun'
Can't kip me long away from home on dis beeg Yankee town,
I t'ink I'll settle down again on Parish Saint Michel,
An' leev an' die more satisfy so long I hear dat bell.
"De Bell Of St. Michel" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

Apricus and Takeda Ink UK Licensing Deal for Erectile Dysfunction.
Taubman Museum's portrait is etched in red ink.
Euphoric but cautious, Muslim rebels ink Philippine pact as step to peace in strife-torn south.
A dark shadow like an ink spot drifting across the face of a star 153 light-years away has given astronomers the first direct observations that they said confirmed the existence of planets around stars outside Earth's solar system.
The Kitchen's Ink: A tribute to Boston chefs' tattoos.
When he was one month old, I helped hang a gallery show at the Ink People with him in a sling and then stayed for the opening reception.
Also new is the JV400-LX equipped with white latex ink.
The wide-format imaging industry continues to change as equipment, ink and market innovations allow it to grow.
UV/Energized Fluorescent Pigments and Marking Inks.
Positive Ink combines tattoos and Christianity.
The streaming service has inked its first international co-production for the fourth season of the political UK darling from the creator of HBO's "Veep.".
North Salem's former town supervisor Paul Greenwood allegedly has left institutions drowning in a sea of red ink and his one-time constituents scratching their heads.
Wal-Mart, Li & Fung Ink New Supply Agreement.
Michael introduced me to Ty Henderson, the resident graphic artist who creates artwork for custom tattoos free of charge (that is, of course, until you decide to get the designs inked ).
Inorganic semiconductor made with "ink" may reduce PV costs.

In science:

In the case of Si iv, qi,V ink /qX remains very small regardless the value of log LX /LBol .
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem
For log LX /LBol ∼ −3, this ratio is much higher, qi,V ink /qX ∼ 0.005.
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem
For this ion therefore, the conclusion is that even more X-rays seems to be required to qX reach qi,V ink .
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem
The situation for N v is quite interesting: for both low and high values of log LX /LBol , the qX approaches qi,V ink .
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem
Thus, the ionisation fraction qX obtained for N v is low as the ionisation fraction of Vink, qV ink , computed from Eqn. 3.
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem