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Origin and Meaning of Ink

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ink
The step, or socket, in which the lower end of a millstone spindle runs.
noun Ink
  1. A fluid, or a viscous material or preparation of various kinds (commonly black or colored), 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.

Note: ☞ 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 (cochineal), 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 inkbelow).

Etymology: 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

verb Ink
To put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods
  2. A liquid used for printing or writing or drawing
  3. Fill with ink ("ink a pen")
  4. Mark, coat, cover, or stain with ink ("he inked his finger")
  5. Append one's signature to ("They inked the contract")

From Old French enque, from Latin encaustum (“purple ink used by Roman emperors to sign documents”), from Ancient Greek ἔγκαυστον (énkauston, “burned-in”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + καίω (kaíō, “burn”).

  1. A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.
  2. (countable) A particular type, color or container of this fluid.
  3. The black or dark-colored fluid ejected by squid, octopus etc, as a protective strategy.
  4. (slang, uncountable) Publicity.
    The TSA has been getting a lot of lately.
  5. (slang, uncountable) Tattoo work.
  6. (slang) Cheap red wine.

Notable Persons Named Ink


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ink

Kid Ink is a rapper • singer • songwriter • producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Kid was given the name Brian Todd Collins on April 1st, 1986 in Los Angeles. Kid is also known as Rockstar and Brian Todd Collins.



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Popularity of Ink as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ink U.S.
  White 95.17% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ink

People with the last name Ink are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Ink

  • How Popular is the name Ink? As a last name Ink was the 89,403rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Ink first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ink is Saturday, October 24th, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Ink? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ink. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Ink: Your name in reverse order is Kni. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kin. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ink? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 207 people with the last name Ink.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ink? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ink as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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