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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ingrain
Historical Examples
  • The door was ajar, and he stepped into a little hall covered with ingrain carpet.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A good velvet carpet will last just twice as long as an ingrain one.

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

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • They have an ingrain conviction that it is you who are wrong, not them.

    The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood
  • What must have been her experiences in life to ingrain fear and distrust in her soul at that rate?

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • But I never can—I'm like him, every one says so, and he says the heedlessness is ingrain, and can't be got rid of.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • She has bought a cottage for her father, who is an ingrain 16 weaver in a carpet factory.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • I never have an ingrain carpet in my house,—not even on the chambers.

    Household Papers and Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Yet, good as the chance is, it costs just twice as much as an ingrain.

    Household Papers and Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • They've tracked it all over, and this ingrain carpet can't be cleaned.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
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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