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printing ink

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Always object to a parcel being put up in newspaper, as the printing ink will rub off and soil the article enclosed.

  • Having thus considered the products which are the principal raw materials of printing ink, we now come to the ink itself.

  • Substitute for lithographic stone; a firm, black, copying, printing ink; method for photographing in colors.

  • Impressions may be taken from the plates formed in this way, by means of printing ink and the copper-plate press.

  • Roll a piece of soft rag into a pad, and charge it with printing ink which has been thinned down.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • Bronze blue affords a striking example of a printing ink of this character.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • Printing lacquer is a transparent pigment of about the same consistency and character as printing ink.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • It also has the power of conveying many of its own good qualities to any printing ink with which it may be incorporated.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • Air-drying can only be accomplished by adding to the printing ink a proportion of some suitable drier.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • They cant fill in, they cant smudge, they cant become contaminated by clots of printing ink or defects in the newspaper stock.

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