Meaning of INK in English

I. ˈiŋk noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English enke, inke, from Old French enke, enque, from Late Latin encaustum ink (originally the purplish ink used by the late Roman emperors to sign their edicts), from neuter of Latin encaustus burned in, painted in encaustic, from Greek enkaustos — more at encaustic


a. : a fluid or viscous material of various colors but commonly black or blue-black that is composed essentially of a pigment or dye in a suitable vehicle and is used for writing and printing — see indelible ink, printing ink , writing ink

b. : a similar solid preparation (as india ink)

2. : the black protective secretion of a cephalopod

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to cover or smear with ink : apply ink to or touch up with ink


a. : to go over in ink — usually used with in or over

b. : to obliterate with ink — usually used with out

inked out many lines

c. : to write or draw in ink

inked their crosses to documents they had not the skill to read — G.M.Trevelyan

pointed out the neatly inked entry on the bill — Irwin Shaw


a. : to affix one's signature to

the baseball player was offered a raise and readily inked his contract

b. : to sign to a contract

inked the players with little difficulty

III. noun

slang : publicity 2d

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.