stain

[[t]steɪn[/t]]
n.
1) a discoloration produced by foreign matter having penetrated into a material
2) a patch of color different from that of the basic color, as on the body of an animal
3) a cause of reproach; stigma:
a stain on one's reputation[/ex]
4) a dye made into a solution for coloring woods, textiles, etc
5) opt a reagent or dye used in treating a specimen for microscopic examination
6) to discolor with spots or streaks of foreign matter
7) to color or dye (wood, cloth, etc.)
8) lab opt to dye (a microscopic specimen) in order to give distinctness, produce contrast of tissues, etc
9) to bring reproach or dishonor upon; blemish
10) to produce a stain
11) to become stained:
a fabric that stains easily[/ex]
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME steynen < ON steina to paint; in some senses aph. form ofdistain stain′a•ble, adj. stain`a•bil′i•ty, stain′a•ble•ness, n. stain′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • stain´er — stain «stayn», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to discolor (something); spot; soil: »The tablecloth is stained where food has been spilled. Let not women s weapons, waterdrops, Stain my man s cheeks (Shakespeare). 2. Figurative. a) o spot by wrongdoing or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stain — (st[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stained} (st[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staining}.] [Abbrev. fr. distain.] 1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stain — Stain, n. 1. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A natural spot of a color different from the gound. [1913 Webster] Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains. Pope. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stain — [stān] vt. [ME stainen, aphetic < disteinen,DISTAIN: sense and form infl. by ON steinn, color, lit., STONE (hence, mineral pigment)] 1. to spoil the appearance of by patches or streaks of color or dirt; discolor; spot 2. to bring shame upon… …   English World dictionary

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  • stain — [n] spot of dirt, blot, bar black eye*, blemish, blotch, blur, brand, color, discoloration, disgrace, dishonor, drip, dye, infamy, ink spot, mottle, odium, onus, reproach, shame, sinister*, slur, smirch, smudge, spatter, speck, splotch, spot,… …   New thesaurus

  • Stain — Stain, Stadt, so v.w. Stein 2) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • stain — I verb attaint, bedaub, befoul, besmear, besmirch, blacken, blemish, blot, blotch, bring reproach upon, color, contaminate, corrupt, damage, daub, debase, defame, defile, detract from, dirty, discolor, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, dye, grime,… …   Law dictionary

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  • stain — ► VERB 1) mark or discolour with something that is not easily removed. 2) damage (someone s or something s reputation). 3) colour with a penetrative dye or chemical. ► NOUN 1) a stubborn discoloured patch or dirty mark. 2) a thing that damages a… …   English terms dictionary

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