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dyed \dyed\ adj.

  1. colored or impregnated with dye. [Narrower terms: dyed-in-the-wool, yarn-dyed; hennaed] undyed

    Syn: tinted.

  2. having a new color imparted by impregnation with dye; having an artificially produced color; not naturally colored. [Narrower terms: bleached]

    Syn: colored.

  1. colour or tinted with dye. v

  2. (en-past of: dye)


adj. (used of color) artificially produced; not natural; "a bleached blonde" [syn: bleached, colored, coloured]

Usage examples of "dyed".

The desired pH of the dyebath depended on the fiber being dyed, since silk and wool take color better in an acidic bath, while cotton and linen require an alkaline bath.

She wore a long, loose dress of pliable leather — Ayla thought of it as a long tunic — that draped in soft folds from the belted waist, dyed deep brown with a rather shiny, burnished finish.

It was constructed of leather dyed in various colors, several different kinds of fur, including a long, bushy squirrel tail hanging down his back, and the front ends of two relatively small mammoth tusks jutting straight up from both sides of his head, and joined together at the tips like the entrance archways.

Both front and back of the shirt had been used as a background for a picture created with porcupine quills and fine cords which had been dyed strong, bright, primary colors.

None of the grasses out of which it was made had been dyed, and no colored patterns of geometric designs or stylized figures of birds or animals graced the sides or cover.

The pouch was dyed red, beautifully decorated with small ivory beads, and embroidered in white with downward pointing triangles.

She picked up the hide she had dyed red and shook it out, trying to decide if she would need it.

Then she put the carving back in the pouch and carefully put it on top of the bright red leather hide she had dyed, to take with her.

Pieces of variously dyed and naturally colored leathers and furs had been carefully stitched together into intricate geometric patterns in making the tunics and long trousers, outlined and highlighted by solid areas that were filled in with thousands of small ivory beads.

The oldest written record of dye use goes back to 2,600 BC in China, and archaeologists have identified dyed textiles from about 1,400 years earlier than that.

Linen and silk were rarely dyed raw, due to the vagaries of processing these fibers.

Wool and silk were generally only bleached if they were to be dyed a light color.

Since fabric was never dyed dry, it was common to use a mordant bath to wet the fabric before dyeing.

Most commercially dyed fabric was mordanted before dyeing, and then sometimes mordanted again, with a different salt, after dyeing.

Wool dyed with Dyer's greenweed and mordanted with alum produces a clear yellow, while wool mordanted with tin produces a dark blackish brown.