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[dahy-ing] /ˈdaɪ ɪŋ/
process of coloring fibers, yarns, or fabrics.
Origin of dyeing
before 1000; Middle English; Old English dēagunge. See dye, -ing1
Can be confused
dyeing, dying.


[dahy] /daɪ/
a coloring material or matter.
a liquid containing coloring matter, for imparting a particular hue to cloth, paper, etc.
color or hue, especially as produced by dyeing.
verb (used with object), dyed, dyeing.
to color or stain; treat with a dye; color (cloth, hair, etc.) with a substance containing coloring matter:
to dye a dress green.
to impart (color) by means of a dye:
The coloring matter dyed green.
verb (used without object), dyed, dyeing.
to impart color, as a dye:
This brand dyes well.
to become colored or absorb color when treated with a dye:
This cloth dyes easily.
of the deepest / blackest dye, of the most extreme or the worst sort:
a prevaricator of the blackest dye.
before 1000; Middle English dien, Old English dēagian, derivative of dēag a dye
Related forms
dyable, dyeable, adjective
dyer, noun
redye, verb (used with object), redyed, redying.
undyable, adjective
undyed, adjective
Can be confused
dice, die, dye. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dyeing
  • The triton presently sunk, dyeing the water with his purple blood, and was no more seen.
  • Experts are even recommending drinking a litre of water after dyeing in order to dilute any peroxide absorbed through the skin.
  • Around this time, he introduced some new techniques for dyeing cloth.
  • But so far such a printing process is slow, expensive, and not as durable as dyeing.
  • Communities visited specialize in a number of textile arts, including silk felt manufacture and batik dyeing.
  • Artisans dip the stamps into wax and apply them to the fabric before dyeing.
  • Ikat is an ancient dyeing technique in which the warp threads of a handwoven fabric are tied and dyed before the piece is woven.
  • Dipping a shirt in soda ash prior to dyeing helps retain the color.
  • Be sure to refrigerate eggs you plan to dye as much as possible between cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding.
  • While establishing his reputation he supported himself by running a cleaning and dyeing establishment.
British Dictionary definitions for dyeing


the process or industry of colouring yarns, fabric, etc


a staining or colouring substance, such as a natural or synthetic pigment
a liquid that contains a colouring material and can be used to stain fabrics, skins, etc
the colour or shade produced by dyeing
verb dyes, dyeing, dyed
(transitive) to impart a colour or stain to (something, such as fabric or hair) by or as if by the application of a dye
Derived Forms
dyable, dyeable, adjective
dyer, noun
Word Origin
Old English dēagian, from dēag a dye; related to Old High German tugōn to change, Lettish dūkans dark
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Word Origin and History for dyeing

c.1400, verbal noun and past participle adjective from dye (v.).



Old English deah, deag "a color, hue, tinge," perhaps related to deagol "secret, hidden, dark, obscure," from Proto-Germanic *daugilaz (cf. Old Saxon dogol "secret," Old High German tougal "dark, hidden, secret").


Old English deagian "to dye," from the source of dye (n.). Spelling distinction between dye and die was not firm till 19c. "Johnson in his Dictionary, spelled them both die, while Addison, his near contemporary, spelled both dye" [Barnhart]. Related: dyed. Figurative phrase dyed in the wool (or grain) is from dyeing while the material is in its raw state, which has a more durable effect.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dyeing in Medicine

dye (dī)
A substance used to color materials or substances, such as cells, tissues, and microorganisms.

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dyeing in the Bible

The art of dyeing is one of great antiquity, although no special mention is made of it in the Old Testament. The Hebrews probably learned it from the Egyptians (see Ex. 26:1; 28:5-8), who brought it to great perfection. In New Testament times Thyatira was famed for its dyers (Acts 16:14). (See COLOUR.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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