ink, n. & v.
1 a a coloured fluid used for writing with a pen, marking with a rubber stamp, etc. b a thick paste used in printing, duplicating, in ball-point pens, etc.
2 Zool. a black liquid ejected by a cuttlefish, octopus, etc. to confuse a predator.
1 (usu. foll. by in, over, etc.) mark with ink.
2 cover (type etc.) with ink before printing.
3 apply ink to.
4 (as inked adj.) Austral. sl. drunk.
ink-blot test = RORSCHACH TEST. ink-cap any fungus of the genus Coprinus. ink-horn hist. a small portable horn container for ink. ink out obliterate with ink. ink-pad an ink-soaked pad, usu. in a box, used for inking a rubber stamp etc. ink-well a pot for ink usu. housed in a hole in a desk.
ME enke, inke f. OF enque f. LL encau(s)tum f. Gk egkauston purple ink used by Roman emperors for signature (as EN-(2), CAUSTIC)
autograph, ballpoint pen, bedarken, besmirch, black, blackboard, blacken, blackwash, blot, blotch, chalk, charcoal, coal, cork, crayon, crow, darken, denigrate, dinge, ebon, ebonize, ebony, eraser, inkhorn, inkstand, inkwell, invisible ink
, jet, lead pencil, melanize, murk, nib, night, nigrify, oversmoke, pen, pitch, plume, quill, raven, reed, shade, shadow, signature, slate, sloe, smirch, smoke, smudge, smut, smutch, soot, stencil, style, stylograph, stylus, subscribe, sympathetic ink
, table, tablet, tar
blackness darkness, (want of light), swartliness, lividity, dark color, tone, color, chiaroscuro, nigrification, infuscation, jet, ink
, ebony, coal pitch, soot, charcoal, sloe, smut, raven, crow, negro, blackamoor, man of color, nigger, darkie, Ethiop, black, buck, nigger, coon, sambo, lampblack, ivory black, blueblack, writing ink
, printing ink
, printer's ink
, Indian ink
, India ink
, in mourning.