inkblot

   or ink blot
   An image formed by dripping ink onto a piece of paper, a photo of an inkblotand then folding the paper in half. Inkblots are invariably symmetrical, but making them is largely aleatoric, their shapes depending greatly upon accident or chance. Painted versions of inkblots are called blotto painting. In psychology, inkblots have been used in the Rohrschach test (see thumbnail to rightan example). Also see blot.

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  • inkblot — [iŋk′blät΄] n. any of a group of irregular patterns made by blots of ink and used in psychological testing: see RORSCHACH TEST * * * ink·blot (ĭngkʹblŏt ) n. 1. A blotted pattern of spilled ink. 2. A pattern resembling an inkblot that is used in… …   Universalium

  • inkblot — [iŋk′blät΄] n. any of a group of irregular patterns made by blots of ink and used in psychological testing: see RORSCHACH TEST …   English World dictionary

  • inkblot — ink•blot [[t]ˈɪŋkˌblɒt[/t]] n. a blot of ink, esp. one forming an irregular pattern and used in an inkblot test Etymology: 1925 30 …   From formal English to slang

  • inkblot — ink·blot iŋk .blät n any of several plates showing blots of ink for use in psychological testing …   Medical dictionary

  • inkblot — n. spot of ink …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inkblot — noun a blot made with ink • Hypernyms: ↑smudge, ↑spot, ↑blot, ↑daub, ↑smear, ↑smirch, ↑slur * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Inkblot test — A test used in clinical psychology and psychiatry involving inkblots. The inkblots are used to determine what a person perceives (reads into) in the enigmatic and highly ambiguous shapes. Ten standardized blots are shown one at a time to a… …   Medical dictionary

  • inkblot test — noun a projective tests using bilaterally symmetrical inkblots; subjects state what they see in the inkblot • Syn: ↑Rorschach, ↑Rorschach test • Hypernyms: ↑projective test, ↑projective device, ↑projective technique …   Useful english dictionary

  • inkblot test — noun Date: 1928 any of several psychological tests (as a Rorschach test) based on the interpretation of irregular figures (as blots of ink) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inkblot test — /ingk blot / any of various psychological tests in which varied patterns formed by blotted ink are interpreted by the subject. Cf. Rorschach test. [1925 30; INK + BLOT1] * * * ▪ psychology       any of a number of psychological tests in which a… …   Universalium

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