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ingrain

[verb in-greyn; adjective, noun in-greyn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to implant or fix deeply and firmly, as in the nature or mind.
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adjective
  1. ingrained; firmly fixed.
  2. (of fiber or yarn) dyed in a raw state, before being woven or knitted.
  3. made of fiber or yarn so dyed: ingrain fabric.
  4. (of carpets) made of ingrain yarn and so woven as to show a different pattern on each side; reversible.
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noun
  1. yarn, wool, etc., dyed before manufacture.
  2. an ingrain carpet.
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Also engrain (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of ingrain

1760–70; orig. phrase (dyed) in grain (i.e., with kermes)

Synonyms

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1. infuse, inculcate, imbue.
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Historical Examples

  • Harriet wanted an organ like Mary Abby Gammons, mother longed for a real "in-grain" carpet and we all clamored for a spring wagon.

    A Son of the Middle Border

    Hamlin Garland


British Dictionary definitions for in-grain

ingrain

engrain

verb (ɪnˈɡreɪn) (tr)
  1. to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
  2. archaic to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
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adjective (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
  1. variants of ingrained
  2. (of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn
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noun (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
    1. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
    2. such yarn
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Word Origin

C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
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Word Origin and History for in-grain

ingrain

v.

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

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