inkwell

noun
ink·​well | \ ˈiŋk-ˌwel How to pronounce inkwell (audio) \

Definition of inkwell

: a container (as in a desk) for ink

Examples of inkwell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On New Year’s Day of 1899, the Tribune emptied its inkwell of purple prose with a gushing tribute to the Spanish-American War. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, 1 Jan. 2021 The cartoonist, and the undisclosed person in Douglas County who altered the image, had to know that using Floyd’s death as a narrative would allow the issue of race to spill from the inkwell onto the drawing pad. Sam Adams, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 But the inkwell would be bored without a quill, the quill without paper, the paper without a desk, the desk without a room, the room without a house, the house without a town. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2019 An inkwell stares at me with one black eye, with a glint in its pupil. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2019 Encourage the production of marvelous examples of design, like inkwells and cigar boxes. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, 10 Oct. 2019 The classroom is re-created with great attention to detail, right down to the apple on the teacher’s desk and the blue-black stains around the pupils’ inkwells. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2019 In 1885, Bernard John Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher in a one-room Waubeka, Wisconsin, placed a 10-inch 38-star flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. Cheryl Vari, Cincinnati.com, 14 June 2019 In 1885, Bernard John Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher in a one-room Waubeka, Wisconsin, placed a 10-inch 38-star flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. Cheryl Vari, Cincinnati.com, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of inkwell

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Inkwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inkwell. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for inkwell

inkwell

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inkwell

: a small container in the surface of a desk that was used in the past for holding ink

inkwell

noun
ink·​well | \ ˈiŋk-ˌwel How to pronounce inkwell (audio) \

Kids Definition of inkwell

: a container for ink

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