ink·​blot | \ ˈiŋk-ˌblät How to pronounce inkblot (audio) \
variants: or ink blot or ink-blot

Definition of inkblot

1 : a blot of ink
2 : any of several cards showing blots of ink for use in psychological testing also : inkblot test

Examples of inkblot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Critically, the brain remains intact after a primary blast injury, and the only potential sign of trauma is a faint inkblot of blood that may be spread across its surface. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Explosive Theory About What Doomed the Crew of the ‘Hunley’," 10 Mar. 2020 At a crossroads a gray—like a spreading inkblot—body. Joanne Turnbull, Harper's Magazine, "The Gamblers," 23 June 2020 For example, those are not, in fact, inkblot tests on the new menus. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Old Monk and The Skellig reopen with ‘parklet’ seating and other updates," 11 June 2020 For now, there’s little more than inkblots to interpret., "Amid the Red Sox speculation, there’s an intriguing name: Theo Epstein - The Boston Globe," 25 Sep. 2019 During his infamously contentious confirmation hearings as a Supreme Court nominee in 1987, then-judge Robert Bork said the meaning of the Ninth Amendment was too uncertain for judges to enforce, famously comparing it to an uninterpretable inkblot. James T. Knight Ii, National Review, "Americans Should Remember the Ninth Amendment," 20 Nov. 2019 Because movies are inkblots of one kind or another, as are books. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, "“The World Is, of Course, Insane”," 29 Oct. 2019 Rorschach is no longer a hero but the motif of a white-supremacist terrorist movement whose members wear ghostly white masks adorned with amorphous inkblots. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Watchmen Is a Blistering Modern Allegory," 21 Oct. 2019 But melasma—a puzzle of brown patches resembling the inkblots on a Rorschach test—is quite another. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Meet The New Skin Brightening Ingredient That’s Taking on Dark Spots With Breakthrough Results," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of inkblot

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inkblot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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ink·​blot | \ ˈiŋk-ˌblät How to pronounce inkblot (audio) \

Medical Definition of inkblot

: any of several plates showing blots of ink for use in psychological testing

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