AskDefine | Define ingrain

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1 thoroughly work in; "His hands were grained with dirt" [syn: grain]
2 produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us" [syn: impress, instill]

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  1. To make something deeply part of something else, either literally or figuratively.
    The dirt was deeply ingrained in the carpet.
    The lessons I learned at school were firmly ingrained in my mind.

Extensive Definition

Ingrain wallpaper (also called wood-chip wallpaper) is a type of wallpaper. It consists of two layers of paper with wood fibre in between; different kinds of ingrain wallpaper are distinguished by the size and form of the fibre pieces.
Ingrain wallpaper was invented by German pharmacist Hugo Erfurt in 1864; marketed by the company his grandfather founded, it was first used as a decoration for shop windows, but began seeing use as a wallpaper from the 1920s on as well.

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ingrain in German: Raufasertapete

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