[ 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.
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Also engrain (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of ingrain
1760–70; orig. phrase (dyed) in grain (i.e., with kermes)
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British Dictionary definitions for in-grain
verb (ɪnˈɡreɪn) (tr)
to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
archaic to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
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
- a carpet made from ingrained yarn
- such yarn
Word Origin for ingrain
C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
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