n. & v.
1. a a coloured fluid used for writing with a pen, marking with a rubber stamp, etc. b a thick paste used in printing, duplicating, in ball-point pens, etc.
2 Zool. a black liquid ejected by a cuttlefish, octopus, etc. to confuse a predator.
1. (usu. foll. by in, over, etc.) mark with ink.
2 cover (type etc.) with ink before printing.
3 apply ink to.
4 (as inked adj.) Austral. sl. drunk.
Phrases and idioms:
ink-blot test RORSCHACH TEST. ink-cap any fungus of the genus Coprinus. ink-horn hist. a small portable horn container for ink. ink out obliterate with ink. ink-pad an ink-soaked pad, usu. in a box, used for inking a rubber stamp etc. ink-well a pot for ink usu. housed in a hole in a desk.
Etymology: ME enke, inke f. OF enque f. LL encau(s)tum f. Gk egkauston purple ink used by Roman emperors for signature (as EN-(2), CAUSTIC)