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\ \ [13] The Greeks had a method of painting which involved applying coloured wax to a surface and then fixing it with heat. The verb describing this process was egkaíeinburn in’, a compound of en- ‘in’ and kaíeinburn’, whose derivative egkaustikós is the ancestor of the term used for the technique in English – encaustic [17]. Another derivative, égkauston, was applied to the purple ink used by emperors in ancient times for signing documents. As it passed via late Latin encaustum or encautum into Old French enque it gradually lost its imperial associations, and by the time it reached English as enke it was being used for any dark writing fluid.
\ \ Cf.CAUSTIC

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ink in — 1. To fill in (eg a pencil drawing) in ink 2. To apply ink to (a printing roller) • • • Main Entry: ↑ink * * * ˌink ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink´i|ly — ink|y «IHNG kee», adjective, ink|i|er, ink|i|est. 1. like ink; dark or black: »inky shadows. 2. covered with ink; marked or stained with ink: »the inky hands of a printer …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink|y — «IHNG kee», adjective, ink|i|er, ink|i|est. 1. like ink; dark or black: »inky shadows. 2. covered with ink; marked or stained with ink: »the inky hands of a printer …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink — [ɪŋk] verb [transitive] to sign an agreement, contract etc: • The two companies have inked a deal. * * * Ⅰ. ink UK US /ɪŋk/ noun [C] ► a coloured liquid used for writing, printing, etc.: »The ink had hardly dried on Nationwide s announcement when …   Financial and business terms

  • ink´er — ink «ihngk», noun, verb. –n. 1. a colored or black liquid used for writing, printing, or drawing. 2. a dark liquid thrown out for protection by cuttlefish. –v.t. 1. to put ink on; mark or stain with ink: »A poor gentleman who inks the seams of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ink — ink; ink·er; ink·i·ness; ink·less; ink·man; ink·horn; …   English syllables

  • ink — [iŋk] n. [ME enke < OFr enque < LL encaustum < Gr enkauston, purple or red ink < enkaustos, burned in < enkaiein, to burn in < en , in + kaiein, to burn < IE base * kai > HEAT] 1. a colored liquid used for writing, drawing …   English World dictionary

  • Ink — Ink, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inked} ([i^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Inking}.] To put ink upon; to supply with ink; to blacken, color, or daub with ink. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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