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[ingk-wel] /ˈɪŋkˌwɛl/
a small container for ink.
Also called, especially British, inkpot
[ingk-pot] /ˈɪŋkˌpɒt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of inkwell
1870-75; ink + well2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for inkwell
  • Yet another familiar school-days object may be going the way of the inkwell and the slide rule.
  • There's a storage slot in the back, and an inkwell-type holder on top.
  • He writes with a pen which has to be continually dipped in the inkwell.
  • The swift evolution of the drawing has about the same novelty as did the old out-of-the-inkwell movie cartoons.
  • Earthenware inkwell smudged with ink blotches and fingerprints.
  • If the inkwell was tightly capped, it would explode and spatter ink all over the room.
  • They drew a circle around an inkwell, then placed a silver dollar inside, and drew a circle around that as well.
  • The powdered ink was mixed with water, beer or other liquid in the inkwell as needed.
  • There was a red-headed teacher threw an inkwell at me once.
British Dictionary definitions for inkwell


a small container for pen ink, often let into the surface of a desk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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