- to dye in the fiber before manufacture
- to work into the fiber; infuse deeply: chiefly in a fig. sense, and in the pp.
Origin of ingrainsee engrain
- dyed in the fiber, before manufacture; thoroughly dyed
- made of fiber or yarn dyed before weaving: said of rugs, carpeting, etc.
- deeply infused
transitive verbin·grained, in·grain·ing, in·grains
- To fix deeply or indelibly, as in the mind: “A system that had been ingrained for generations could not be easily undone by change from the top” (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
- Archaic To dye or stain into the fiber of.
- Deep-seated; ingrained.
- Made of predyed fibers; thoroughly dyed: ingrain yarn.
- Made of fiber or yarn dyed before weaving. Used especially of rugs.
- Yarn or fiber dyed before manufacture.
- An ingrain rug or carpet.
Origin of ingrainVariant of engrain.
(third-person singular simple present ingrains, present participle ingraining, simple past and past participle ingrained)
- To make something deeply part of something else, either literally or figuratively.
- The dirt was deeply ingrained in the carpet.
- The lessons I learned at school were firmly ingrained in my mind.
- An ingrain fabric, such as a carpet.