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[verb in-greyn; adjective, noun in-greyn] /verb ɪnˈgreɪn; adjective, noun ˈɪnˌgreɪn/
verb (used with object)
to implant or fix deeply and firmly, as in the nature or mind.
ingrained; firmly fixed.
(of fiber or yarn) dyed in a raw state, before being woven or knitted.
made of fiber or yarn so dyed:
ingrain fabric.
(of carpets) made of ingrain yarn and so woven as to show a different pattern on each side; reversible.
yarn, wool, etc., dyed before manufacture.
an ingrain carpet.
Also, engrain (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of ingrain
1760-70; orig. phrase (dyed) in grain (i.e., with kermes)
1. infuse, inculcate, imbue. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was an ingrain carpet on the floor, green ivy leaves on a red ground, and clumsy, old-fashioned walnut furniture.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • In 1830 he commenced the manufacture of ingrain carpeting, which he continued for 18 years.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The price of copying an ingrain design is from $3 to $6 per sheet.

  • I never have an ingrain carpet in my house,—not even on the chambers.

    Household Papers and Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • It takes long time and much experience to ingrain political habits of steadiness and efficiency.

  • Silks and moquette harmonize as well as calico and ingrain once did.

  • This Brussels will outwear two ingrain carpets, at a very little advance on the first cost.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • ingrain carpets, of close texture, and the three-ply carpets, are best for common use.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • We had plenty of bedding and about sixty yards of ingrain carpet that was used as a partition in our house for a long time.

  • When rugs began to take the place of ingrain carpets it was Haynes-Cooper who first sensed the change.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for ingrain


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈɡreɪn)
to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
(archaic) to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
adjective (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
variants of ingrained
(of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn
noun (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
  1. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
  2. such yarn
Word Origin
C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ingrain

1766, see engrain. Figurative use, of qualities, habits, etc., attested from 1851 (in ingrained). Of dyed carpets, etc., 1766, from in grain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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