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Meaning of INGRAIN

Pronunciation:  in'greyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make a deep and indelible impression on someone
  2. [v]  thoroughly work in; "His hands were grained with dirt"

INGRAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: grain, impress, instill
 See Also: affect, move, penetrate, perforate, strike



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"grain`\ (?; 277), a. [Pref. in- in + grain kermes.
    See {Engrain}, {Grain}.]
    1. Dyed with grain, or kermes. [Obs.]
    2. Dyed before manufacture, -- said of the material of a
       textile fabric; hence, in general, thoroughly inwrought;
       forming an essential part of the substance.
    {Ingrain carpet}, a double or two-ply carpet.
    {Triple ingrain carpet}, a three-ply carpet.
  2. \In"grain`\, n.
    An ingrain fabric, as a carpet.
  3. \In"grain`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ingrained}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Ingraining}.] [Written also engrain.]
    1. To dye with or in grain or kermes.
    2. To dye in the grain, or before manufacture.
    3. To work into the natural texture or into the mental or
       moral constitution of; to stain; to saturate; to imbue; to
       infix deeply.
             Our fields ingrained with blood.      --Daniel.
             Cruelty and jealousy seem to be ingrained in a man
             who has these vices at all.           --Helps.
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