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

  • transitive v. 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).
  • transitive v. Archaic To dye or stain into the fiber of.
  • adj. Deep-seated; ingrained.
  • adj. Made of predyed fibers; thoroughly dyed: ingrain yarn.
  • adj. Made of fiber or yarn dyed before weaving. Used especially of rugs.
  • n. Yarn or fiber dyed before manufacture.
  • n. An ingrain rug or carpet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make something deeply part of something else, either literally or figuratively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dyed with grain, or kermes.
  • adj. Dyed before manufacture, -- said of the material of a textile fabric; hence, in general, thoroughly inwrought; forming an essential part of the substance.
  • n. of a fast color; deeply seated; fixed; innate; genuine.
  • n. An ingrain fabric, as a carpet.
  • transitive v. To dye with or in grain or kermes.
  • transitive v. To dye in the grain, or before manufacture.
  • transitive v. To work into the natural texture or into the mental or moral constitution of; to stain; to saturate; to imbue; to infix deeply.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dye with grain or the scarlet dye produced by the kermes-insect; hence, from the permanence and excellence of this dye, to dye in any deep, permanent, or enduring color.
  • To dye in the grain or raw material before manufacture.
  • Hence To work into the natural texture; imbue thoroughly; impregnate the whole substance or nature of, as the mind.
  • To lay on, as color.
  • Synonyms Ingrained, Inbred, Inborn, etc. See inherent.
  • Dyed with grain or kermes. See grain, 11.
  • Dyed in the yarn or thread before manufacture: said of a textile fabric.
  • Belonging to the fabric from the beginning; imparted to it in the thread or yarn: said of a color used in dyeing.
  • n. A yarn or fabric dyed with fast colors before manufacture.
  • n. A quarter of a chaldron of coals given in excess of the measure when the total exceeds 5 chaldrons.

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

  • v. thoroughly work in
  • v. produce or try to produce a vivid impression of


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

Variant of engrain.



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