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[ingk-stand] /ˈɪŋkˌstænd/
a small stand, usually on a desk, for holding ink, pens, etc.
a small container for ink.
Origin of inkstand
First recorded in 1765-75; ink + stand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he rose, picked a pen from the inkstand, and dipped it in the ink.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Litton cried, raising the only missile he could find, an inkstand.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • "That was a good shot of yours with the inkstand," Terence said.

  • The room had an inkstand already, but it was of glass, and modern.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • The cut above, besides an inkstand, represents an open book.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Unfortunately, the inkstand top was made to dip pens in, and not to dip paws.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • "That is what you get, madam," said the Pen to the inkstand, when the two were alone again.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • By three o'clock they were finished, and she counted them and laid them beside the inkstand.

  • "You have a room of your own," and she took the inkstand from Nicholas.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • However, open the inkstand, and put the pen on the table, and he will write!

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for inkstand


a stand or tray on which are kept writing implements and containers for ink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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