ink

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noun

often attributive
1
: a colored usually liquid material for writing and printing
2
: the black protective secretion of a cephalopod
3
4
informal : one or more tattoos on a person's body
Whether or not it's your cup of meat, the proliferation of body-art mags suggests that a slew of folks have ink, and they didn't get it from reading the newspaper. Albert Mobilio
inkiness noun
inky adjective

ink

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verb

inked; inking; inks

transitive verb

1
a
: to put ink on
ink a pen
ink a printing block
b
: to draw or write in ink
ink a design
often used with in
carefully inked in the letters
c
: to obliterate with ink
usually used with out
inked out many lines
2
US, informal
a
: to affix one's signature to : sign sense 2a
an athlete who has inked a new contract
b
: to engage or hire by securing the signature of (someone) on a contract : sign sense 4
… has been inked to do the part of a judge in an HBO special … Marge Crumbaker
3
informal : tattoo
… got himself an elaborate tattoo, his first, inked along his right shoulder … S. L. Price
Kaufman plans on inking a tat to memorialize his accident. Micah Abrams
His heavily muscled arms are inked shoulder to wrist. Eve Conant

Example Sentences

Noun Fill out the form using blue or black ink. The printer is out of ink. We're using four different inks for this poster. Verb They just inked a new partnership agreement. the basketball star just inked a two-year contract with the most celebrated franchise in the NBA
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Proteins, on the other hand, can tell us of the activities, and therefore to some degree the beliefs and practices, of people whose concerns were never put down in ink. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022 The mill will support hundreds of families, sustain the town and help drive Wisconsin's ink-on-paper economy. John Schmid, jsonline.com, 2 Nov. 2022 The cover is tattered, ink-stained and grimy around the edges. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 The Carr Center installation, premiering Friday, includes visual works by jazz creators such as Cécile McClorin Salvant, who contributed three ink-on-paper pieces inspired while listening to songs by female artists. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 14 Oct. 2022 Enlarge / Reviver's e-ink license plate works with a smartphone app. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2022 All brands struggled with lipstick, ink, blood, tea and spaghetti sauce stains. Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 11 Oct. 2022 On April 8, 1999, Major Tom Bussiere looked out at the ink-black night sky from his mission commander’s seat of the B-2 stealth bomber. Jeff Bolton, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2022 The letter from Lowell, printed carefully in purple ink, is practical in nature, unadorned by sentiment. Ellen Bartlett, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2022
Verb
Melter said a business contact at Pulse helped convince the company to ink a licensing deal with the credit union. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2022 There’s one more shot for the Padres to show that all that payroll, a singular trade-deadline surge and a season filled with more offensive questions than consistency still can ink a special ending. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2022 Lowery, Amadou and Norman can ink national letters of intent in the fall signing period from Nov. 9-16. Ben Steele, Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022 Should the Blazers and Bulls execute a sign-and-trade, LaVine would ink a five-year deal worth $200 million. oregonlive, 15 June 2022 Will Apple ink a deal with a manufacturing partner? Yoni Heisler, BGR, 17 Mar. 2022 Bobsled is not one of the corners of the Olympic universe where top stars end up on Wheaties boxes, couch surf the late-night talk show circuit or ink massive endorsement deals with Nike or Ralph Lauren. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 Against a diagram of Glen Canyon Dam’s concrete arch, Bryan Hill used blue marker to ink progressively shallower water lines from 22 years of Southwestern drought and overuse: 3,700 feet above sea level when full. AZCentral.com, 6 Sep. 2022 The Justice Department was allowed to pretty liberally ink-out many details of its investigation, because lawyers said this was still in its early stages. Amber Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English enke, from Anglo-French encre, enke, from Late Latin encaustum, from neuter of Latin encaustus burned in, from Greek enkaustos, verbal of enkaiein to burn in — more at encaustic

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ink was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ink. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

ink 1 of 2

noun

1
: a usually liquid material for writing or printing
2
: the black protective secretion of a cephalopod

ink

2 of 2

verb

1
: to put ink on
2
: to write or draw in ink
inker noun

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