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(Ink) n. (Mach.) The step, or socket, in which the lower end of a millstone spindle runs.
(Ink), n. [OE. enke, inke, OF. enque, F. encre, L. encaustum the purple red ink with which the
Roman emperors signed their edicts, Gr. fr. burnt in, encaustic, fr. to burn in. See Encaustic, Caustic.]
1. A fluid, or a viscous material or preparation of various kinds used in writing or printing.
Make there a prick with ink.Chaucer.
Deformed monsters, foul and black as ink.Spenser.
2. A pigment. See India ink, under India.
Ordinarily, black ink is made from nutgalls and a solution of some salt of iron, and consists essentially
of a tannate or gallate of iron; sometimes indigo sulphate, or other coloring matter, is added. Other black
inks contain potassium chromate, and extract of logwood, salts of vanadium, etc. Blue ink is usually a
solution of Prussian blue. Red ink was formerly made from carmine Brazil wood, etc., but potassium
eosin is now used. Also red, blue, violet, and yellow inks are largely made from aniline dyes. Indelible
ink is usually a weak solution of silver nitrate, but carbon in the form of lampblack or India ink, salts of
molybdenum, vanadium, etc., are also used. Sympathetic inks may be made of milk, salts of cobalt,
etc. See Sympathetic ink
Copying ink, a peculiar ink used for writings of which copies by impression are to be taken. Ink
bag (Zoöl.), an ink sac. - - Ink berry. (Bot.) (a) A shrub of the Holly family found in sandy grounds
along the coast from New England to Florida, and producing a small black berry. (b) The West Indian
indigo berry. See Indigo. Ink plant (Bot.), a New Zealand shrub the berries of which yield a juice
which forms an ink. Ink powder, a powder from which ink is made by solution. Ink sac (Zoöl.),
an organ, found in most cephalopods, containing an inky fluid which can be ejected from a duct opening
at the base of the siphon. The fluid serves to cloud the water, and enable these animals to escape from
their enemies. See Illust. of Dibranchiata. Printer's ink, or Printing ink. See under Printing. - -
Sympathetic ink, a writing fluid of such a nature that what is written remains invisible till the action of a
reagent on the characters makes it visible.
(Ink), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inked (i&nsmkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Inking.] To put ink upon; to supply with
ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink.
(Ink"er) n. One who, or that which, inks; especially, in printing, the pad or roller which inks the
(Ink"fish`) n. A cuttlefish. See Cuttlefish.
(Ink"horn`) n. [Ink + horn; cf. F. cornet à encre, G. dintenhorn.] A small bottle of horn or other
material formerly used for holding ink; an inkstand; a portable case for writing materials. "With a writer's
inkhorn by his side." Ezek. ix. 2.
From his pocket the notary drew his papers and inkhorn.Longfellow.
(Ink"horn"), a. Learned; pedantic; affected. [Obs.] "Inkhorn terms." Bale.
(Ink"horn`ism) n. Pedantry. Sir T. Wilson.
(Ink"i*ness) n. [From Inky.] The state or quality of being inky; blackness.
(Ink"ing), a. Supplying or covering with ink.