- a type of ink that flows smoothly, dries quickly, and is of a consistency able to hold enough color to make printed matter legible: used to transfer the image on a press plate to the printing surface.
Origin of printing ink
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for printing ink
The efficacy is attributed to the materials used in making the printing-ink.
The printing-ink has a tendency to keep off moths and other small insects.
They were executed in printing-ink by means of the ordinary printing-press.Old Time Wall Papers
Katherine Abbott Sanborn
But the reek of printing-ink never was good for the better feelings.From One Generation to Another
Henry Seton Merriman
They found that it possessed an unlooked-for advantage in its quick absorption of printing-ink.How To Write Special Feature Articles
Willard Grosvenor Bleyer