- Rhymes: -eɪn
- (transitive) To dye with a fast or lasting colour.
- (transitive, figuratively) To make (something) deeply part of something else.
ingrain (not comparable)
- Dyed with grain, or kermes.
- Dyed before manufacture; said of the material of a textile fabric; hence, in general, thoroughly inwrought; forming an essential part of the substance.
- 1855 December – 1857 June, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1857, OCLC 83401042, book the first (Poverty), page 249:
- When were such changes ever made in men's natural relations to one another: when was such reconcilement of ingrain differences ever effected!
ingrain (plural ingrains)
- An ingrain fabric, such as a carpet.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ingrain in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)