[verb in-greyn; adjective, noun in-greyn]
- 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)
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1. infuse, inculcate, imbue.
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Examples from the Web for ingrain
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.Fred Fearnot's New Ranch
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
What must have been her experiences in life to ingrain fear and distrust in her soul at that rate?The Harvester
Gene Stratton Porter
- 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
C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
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