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  1. a process of hand-dyeing fabric, in which sections of the fabric are tightly bound, as with thread, to resist the dye solution, thereby producing a variegated pattern.
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Origin of tie-dyeing

First recorded in 1900–05; tie-dye + -ing1
Also called tie-and-dye, tie-dye.


verb (used with object), tie-dyed, tie-dye·ing.
  1. to dye (fabric) by tie-dyeing.
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  1. tie-dyeing.
  2. Informal. a fabric or garment dyed by tie-dyeing.
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Origin of tie-dye

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for tie-dyeing


  1. a method of dyeing textiles to produce patterns by tying sections of the cloth together so that they will not absorb the dyeAlso called: tie-and-dye
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