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n., v. dyed, dye•ing. n.
These words are both pronounced (/daɪ/).
Die is a verb. When a person, animal, or plant dies, they stop living. The other forms of 'die' are dies, dying, died.
Dye is both a noun and a verb. If you dye something such as hair or cloth, you change its colour by soaking it in a coloured liquid. This liquid is called a dye. The other forms of the verb 'dye' are dyes, dyeing, dyed.
Past participle: dyed
|Noun||1.||dye - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair|
acid dye - dye in which the chromophore is part of a negative ion
alizarin yellow - any of various yellow dyes; not related chemically to alizarin but applied in the same manner
aniline dye - any of many dyes made from aniline
azo dye - any dye containing one or more azo groups
basic color, basic colour, basic dye - a dye that is considered to be a base because the chromophore is part of a positive ion
chromophore - the chemical group that gives color to a molecule
coloring material, colour, colouring material, color - any material used for its color; "she used a different color for the trim"
bromophenol blue, bromphenol blue, tetrabromo-phenolsulfonephthalein - a dye used as an acid-base indicator
cochineal - a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects
cyanine dye - any of a class of dyes containing a -CH= group linking two heterocyclic rings containing nitrogen; used as sensitizers in photography
fluorescein, fluoresceine, fluorescent dye, resorcinolphthalein - a yellow dye that is visible even when highly diluted; used as an absorption indicator when silver nitrate solution is added to sodium chloride in order to precipitate silver chloride (turns pink when no chloride ions are left in solution and negative fluorescein ions are then absorbed)
fluorochrome - any of various fluorescent substances used in fluorescence microscopy to stain specimens
Kendal, Kendal green - a green dye, often used to color cloth, which is obtained from the woad plant
lac dye - scarlet dye like cochineal; extracted with alkali from stick lac
lead acetate, sugar of lead - a poisonous white solid (Pb[CH3CO]2) used in dyeing cotton and in making enamels and varnishes
quercitron - a yellow dye made from the bark of the quercitron oak tree
radiopaque dye - dye that does not allow the passage of X rays or other radiation; used to outline certain organs during X-ray examination
Tyrian purple - a red-purple to deep purple dye obtained from snails or made synthetically
vat color, vat dye - a water-insoluble dye that is applied by reducing the dye to an alkaline form, applying the dye, then regenerating the insoluble dye by oxidation in the material; used for dyeing cotton
woad - a blue dyestuff obtained from the woad plant
|Verb||1.||dye - color with dye; "Please dye these shoes"|
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
bronze - give the color and appearance of bronze to something; "bronze baby shoes"
stain - color for microscopic study; "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"
deep-dye - dye thoroughly
stain - color with a liquid dye or tint; "Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"
fast dye - dye with fast colors; "These shirts should be fast-dyed"
double dye - dye twice
hand-dye - dye by hand; "This fabric is hand-dyed"
piece-dye - dye after weaving