dye

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From Middle English deie, from Old English dēag (color, hue, dye), from Proto-Germanic *daugō (colour, shade), from *dauganą, *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.

Yarn colored with dye. The yarn has been dyed.

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dye (countable and uncountable, plural dyes)

  1. A colourant, especially one that has an affinity to the substrate to which it is applied.
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dye (third-person singular simple present dyes, present participle dyeing, simple past and past participle dyed)

  1. (transitive) to colour with dye
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dye (plural dice)

  1. Alternative spelling of die
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 46.
      If a dye were marked with one figure or number of spots on four sides, and with another figure or number of spots on the two remaining sides, it would be more probable, that the former would turn up than the latter ;
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From French dieu (god).

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dye

  1. god