from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A substance used to color materials. Also called dyestuff.
- n. A color imparted by dyeing.
- transitive v. To color (a material), especially by soaking in a coloring solution.
- intransitive v. To take on or impart color.
- idiom of the deepest dye Of the most extreme sort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A colourant, especially one that has an affinity to the substrate to which it is applied.
- v. to colour with dye
- n. Alternative spelling of die.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To stain; to color; to give a new and permanent color to, as by the application of dyestuffs.
- n. Color produced by dyeing.
- n. Material used for dyeing; a dyestuff.
- n. Same as die, a lot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fix a color or colors in the substance of by immersion in a properly prepared bath; impregnate with coloring matter held in solution.
- To overspread with color, as by effusion; tinge or stain in general.
- n. Coloring matter in solution; a coloring liquor.
- n. Color; hue; tint; tinge.
- An obsolete spelling of die.
- n. An obsolete spelling of die.
- n. See basic color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. color with dye
- n. a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
Middle English deie, from Old English dēag, dēah.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English deie, from Old English dēag ("color, hue, dye"), from Proto-Germanic *daugō (“colour, shade”), from *dauganan, *dug- (“to conceal, be dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dheuk-, *dhouk- (“to be hidden”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūw- (“to smoke, raise dust, camouflage”). Cognate with Old High German tougan ("dark, secretive"), tougal ("dark, hidden, covert"), Old English dēagol, dīegle ("dark, hidden, secret"), Old English dohs, dox ("dusky, dark"). See dusk. (Wiktionary)