Ink is a liquid 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.
An inkwell is a small jar or container, often made of glass, porcelain, silver, brass, or pewter, used for holding ink in a place convenient for the person who is writing. The artist or writer dips the brush, quill, or dip pen into the inkwell as needed or uses the inkwell as the source for filling the reservoir of a fountain pen. An inkwell usually has a lid to prevent contamination, evaporation, accidental spillage, and excessive exposure to air.
- Holy water was secretly being carried in an inkwell by Saint Fidgeta at her pagan grammar school (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 12).
- Cardinal Balbo kept spilling his ink during balloting during the election of Pope Sporus VI (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 53).