ink·​blot | \ˈiŋk-ˌblät \
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

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Each time my eyes pause, perfectly round purple inkblots appear. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 Researchers then took a series of Rorschach inkblots and fed them to both Norman and a standard AI to compare results. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Terrifying: an artificial intelligence was fed Reddit captions. Now it's a 'psychopath'," 7 June 2018 In the Rorschach test a participant’s perceptions of inkblots are recorded and are then analyzed for clues about his or her personality characteristics and emotional functioning. NBC News, "'Gay tests' should not be used on asylum seekers, EU court rules," 25 Jan. 2018 The prints were complemented by logos and the occasional colorful graphic—are those inkblots or feathers? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Does American Psychos for Spring 2018," 8 Sep. 2017 The low complexity fractal inkblots made this process trigger-happy, fooling observers into seeing images that aren’t there. Richard Taylor, Smithsonian, "Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducing," 31 Mar. 2017

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1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ink·​blot | \ˈiŋk-ˌblät \

Medical Definition of inkblot 

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

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