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I want to know correct word for a "line of ink spread sideways."

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I'm not sure that there's actually a single word that encapsulates that phrase. –  Brian Driscoll Apr 19 '11 at 13:33
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I think you're going to have to be more descriptive. You might be talking about bleed or stroke or flare ... –  Robusto Apr 19 '11 at 13:43
    
smudge also works. –  Jimi Oke Apr 19 '11 at 13:59
    
schmersh ?? I'm not even sure how it's spelled. –  Dan Apr 19 '11 at 15:26
    
Don't you just hate hit-and-run questions? –  MT_Head Jun 26 '11 at 18:58
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Do you mean an accidental smear? Or perhaps a calligraphic thick stroke?

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+1 for smear. Similarly, blot, smudge, daub, smirch. –  HaL Apr 19 '11 at 13:58
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Downstroke is a word that indicates a line going downward. Is sidestroke a word for one going sideways?

It is not clear whether "spread sideways" is due to runny ink or to the direction of the stroke.

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I interpreted as a line that's smeared perpendicularly or obliquely to the line. –  sibbaldiopsis Apr 21 '11 at 23:11
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You could use the word "skein" figuratively.

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