from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A substance used to color materials.
  • noun A color imparted by dyeing.
  • intransitive verb To color (a material), especially by soaking in a coloring solution.
  • intransitive verb To take on or impart color.
  • idiom (of the deepest dye) Of the most extreme sort.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Coloring matter in solution; a coloring liquor.
  • noun Color; hue; tint; tinge.
  • noun An obsolete spelling of die.
  • noun See basic color.
  • 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.
  • An obsolete spelling of die.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Color produced by dyeing.
  • noun Material used for dyeing; a dyestuff.
  • transitive verb To stain; to color; to give a new and permanent color to, as by the application of dyestuffs.
  • transitive verb Fig. to dye firmly; to imbue thoroughly.
  • noun Same as die, a lot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of die.
  • noun A colourant, especially one that has an affinity to the substrate to which it is applied.
  • verb transitive to colour with dye

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb color with dye
  • noun a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English deie, from Old English dēag, dēah.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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