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English Dictionary: printer's ink by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
printer's ink
  1. a semisolid quick drying ink made especially for use in printing
    Synonym(s): printer's ink, printing ink
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ink \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 (commonly black or colored), used in writing or
                     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 ink} (below).
      {Copying ink}, a peculiar ink used for writings of which
            copies by impression are to be taken.
      {Ink bag} (Zo[94]l.), an ink sac.
      {Ink berry}. (Bot.)
            (a) A shrub of the Holly family ({Ilex glabra}), 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 ({Coriaria
            thumifolia}), the berries of which uield a juice which
            forms an ink.
      {Ink powder}, a powder from which ink is made by solution.
      {Ink sac} (Zo[94]l.), 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Printer \Print"er\, n.
      One who prints; especially, one who prints books, newspapers,
      engravings, etc., a compositor; a typesetter; a pressman.
      {Printer's devil}, {Printer's gauge}. See under {Devil}, and
      {Printer's ink}. See {Printing ink}, below.
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