Meaning of DYE in English

n. & v.


1. a a substance used to change the colour of hair, fabric, wood, etc. b a colour produced by this.

2 (in full dyestuff) a substance yielding a dye, esp. for colouring materials in solution.

--v.tr. (dyeing)

1. impregnate with dye.

2 make (a thing) a specified colour with dye (dyed it yellow).

Phrases and idioms:

dyed in the wool (or grain)

1. out and out; unchangeable, inveterate.

2 (of a fabric) made of yarn dyed in its raw state. dye-line a print made by the diazo process.


dyeable adj.

Etymology: OE deag, deagian

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.