Definitions for: Pink


[n] a light shade of red
[n] any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers
[adj] similar to the natural color of pinks
[v] cut in a zig-zag pattern with pinking shears, in sewing
[v] make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pink, n. [D. pink.] (Naut.)
A vessel with a very narrow stern; -- called also pinky.
--Sir W. Scott.

Pink stern (Naut.), a narrow stern.


Pink, v. i. [D. pinken, pinkoogen, to blink, twinkle with
the eyes.]
To wink; to blink. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.


Pink, a.
Half-shut; winking. [Obs.] --Shak.


Pink, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pinked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pinking.] [OE. pinken to prick, probably a nasalized form
of pick.]
1. To pierce with small holes; to cut the edge of, as cloth
or paper, in small scallops or angles.

2. To stab; to pierce as with a sword. --Addison.

3. To choose; to cull; to pick out. [Obs.] --Herbert.


Pink, n.
A stab. --Grose.


Pink, n. [Perh. akin to pick; as if the edges of the
petals were picked out. Cf. Pink, v. t.]
1. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of the
caryophyllaceous genus Dianthus, and to their flowers,
which are sometimes very fragrant and often double in
cultivated varieties. The species are mostly perennial
herbs, with opposite linear leaves, and handsome
five-petaled flowers with a tubular calyx.

2. A color resulting from the combination of a pure vivid red
with more or less white; -- so called from the common
color of the flower. --Dryden.

3. Anything supremely excellent; the embodiment or perfection
of something. ``The very pink of courtesy.'' --Shak.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The European minnow; -- so called from the
color of its abdomen in summer. [Prov. Eng.]

Bunch pink is Dianthus barbatus.

China, or Indian, pink. See under China.

Clove pink is Dianthus Caryophyllus, the stock from which
carnations are derived.

Garden pink. See Pheasant's eye.

Meadow pink is applied to Dianthus deltoides; also, to
the ragged robin.

Maiden pink, Dianthus deltoides.

Moss pink. See under Moss.

Pink needle, the pin grass; -- so called from the long,
tapering points of the carpels. See Alfilaria.

Sea pink. See Thrift.


Pink, a.
Resembling the garden pink in color; of the color called pink
(see 6th Pink, 2); as, a pink dress; pink ribbons.

Pink eye (Med.), a popular name for an epidemic variety of
ophthalmia, associated with early and marked redness of
the eyeball.

Pink salt (Chem. & Dyeing), the double chlorides of
(stannic) tin and ammonium, formerly much used as a
mordant for madder and cochineal.

Pink saucer, a small saucer, the inner surface of which is
covered with a pink pigment.

Synonyms: chromatic, garden pink, knock, pinkish, rap, tap

See Also: apricot, button pink, carnation, carnation, cheddar pink, china pink, chromatic color, chromatic colour, clove pink, coral, cottage pink, cut, Diangus gratianopolitanus, Dianthus, Dianthus barbatus, Dianthus caryophyllus, Dianthus chinensis, Dianthus deltoides, Dianthus latifolius, Dianthus plumarius, Dianthus supurbus, flower, fringed pink, genus Dianthus, gillyflower, go, grass pink, maiden pink, peach, purplish pink, rainbow pink, rose, salmon pink, solferino, sound, spectral color, spectral colour, sweet William, yellowish pink

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