What does INK mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ink(noun)

    a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing

  2. ink(verb)

    dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods

  3. ink(verb)

    append one's signature to

    "They inked the contract"

  4. ink(verb)

    mark, coat, cover, or stain with ink

    "he inked his finger"

  5. ink(verb)

    fill with ink

    "ink a pen"


  1. ink(Noun)

    A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.

  2. ink(Noun)

    A particular type, color or container of this fluid.

  3. ink(Noun)

    The black or dark-colored fluid ejected by squid, octopus etc, as a protective strategy.

  4. ink(Noun)


    The TSA has been getting a lot of ink lately.

  5. ink(Noun)

    tattoo work

  6. ink(Noun)

    cheap red wine

  7. ink(Verb)

    To apply ink to; to cover or smear with ink.

  8. ink(Verb)

    To sign (a document) (with or as if with ink).

  9. ink(Verb)

    To apply a tattoo to (someone).

  10. Origin: From enque, from encaustum, from encauston, from kauterion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ink(noun)

    the step, or socket, in which the lower end of a millstone spindle runs

  2. Ink(noun)

    a fluid, or a viscous material or preparation of various kinds (commonly black or colored), used in writing or printing

  3. Ink(noun)

    a pigment. See India ink, under India

  4. Ink(verb)

    to put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink

  5. Origin: [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.]


  1. Ink

    Ink is a liquid or paste that contains pigments or dyes and is used to color a surface to produce an image, text, or design. Ink is used for drawing or writing with a pen, brush, or quill. Thicker inks, in paste form, are used extensively in letterpress and lithographic printing. Ink can be a complex medium, composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, solubilizers, surfactants, particulate matter, fluorescers, and other materials. The components of inks serve many purposes; the ink’s carrier, colorants, and other additives control flow and thickness of the ink and its appearance when dry.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ink

    ingk, n. a coloured fluid used in writing, printing, &c.—v.t. to daub with ink.—ns. Ink′-bag, -sac, a sac in some cuttle-fishes, containing a black viscid fluid; Ink′-bott′le, an inkstand: a bottle for holding ink placed in an inkstand; Ink′holder, Ink′stand, a vessel for holding ink; Ink′horn (obs.), an inkholder, formerly of horn: a portable case for ink, &c.; Ink′horn-mate (Shak.), a bookish man; Ink′iness; Ink′-pot, an inkholder.—adj. pedantic.—ns. Ink′ing-ta′ble, a table or flat surface used for supplying the inking-roller with ink during the process of printing; Ink′ing-roll′er, a roller covered with a composition for inking printing types; Ink′-stone, a kind of stone containing sulphate of iron, used in making ink.—adj. Ink′y, consisting of or resembling ink: blackened with ink.—n. Print′ing-ink (see Print).—China ink, Indian ink, a mechanical mixture of the purest and densest lampblack, with a solution of gum or gelatine; Invisible or Sympathetic ink, a kind of ink which remains invisible on the paper until it is heated.—Sling ink (slang), to write: to earn one's bread by writing. [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.]


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of INK in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of INK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Honore' de Balzac:

    I am a galley slave to pen and ink.

  2. Horace Walpole:

    Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    The palest ink is better than the best memory.

  4. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Your dreams are ink; reality is the canvas. Paint masterpieces.

  5. Alan B. Watts:

    But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

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