Ink is a or paste that contains pigments or dyes and is used to color a surface to produce an image, text, or design. Ink is used for drawing or writing with a pen, brush, or quill. Thicker inks, in paste form, are used extensively in letterpress and lithographic printing.
Ink can be a complex medium, composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, solubilizers, surfactants, particulate matter, fluorescers, and other materials. The components of inks serve many purposes; the ink’s carrier, colorants, and other additives control flow and thickness of the ink and its appearance when dry.
Famous quotes containing the word ink:
“The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.”
—Eric Hoffer (19021983)
“Paper is soft and ink is fluid; it might be better if some pages of this chronicle could be written on chips of granite at the point of steel.”
—E. M. Almedingen (b. 1898?)
“International business may conduct its operations with scraps of paper, but the ink it uses is human blood.”
—Eric Ambler (b. 1909)