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stain

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verb \ˈstān\

Simple Definition of stain

  • : to leave a mark on something

  • : to be marked or damaged by a stain

  • : to use a special liquid to change the color of (something)

Full Definition of stain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to suffuse with color

  3. 2 :  discolor, soil

  4. 3a :  taint 3 <a conscience stained with guilt>b :  to bring discredit on <the scandal stained his reputation>

  5. 4 :  to color (as wood, glass, or cloth) by processes affecting chemically or otherwise the material itself

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to receive a stain

stain·able play \ˈstā-nə-bəl\ adjective
stain·er play \ˈstā-nər\ noun

Examples of stain

  1. The red wine stained the carpet.

  2. He stained the wood a dark cherry color.

  3. The accusations stained his reputation.



Origin of stain

Middle English steynen, partly from Anglo-French desteindre to take away the color from & partly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse steina to paint — more at distain


First Known Use: 14th century


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stain

noun

Simple Definition of stain

  • : a mark made on a surface, a piece of clothing, etc., that is very hard or impossible to remove

  • : a special liquid that is used to change the color of something (such as wood or cloth)

  • : something that causes people to have less respect for someone : something that damages a person's reputation

Full Definition of stain

  1. 1a :  a soiled or discolored spotb :  a natural spot of color contrasting with the ground

  2. 2 :  a taint of guilt :  stigma

  3. 3 :  a preparation (as of dye or pigment) used in staining: asa :  a dye or pigment capable of penetrating the pores of woodb :  a dye or mixture of dyes used in microscopy to make visible minute and transparent structures, to differentiate tissue elements, or to produce specific chemical reactions

stain·proof play \-ˌprüf\ adjective

Examples of stain

  1. There's a juice stain on the floor.

  2. She has a stain on her shirt.

  3. Will those grass stains wash out?



1557

First Known Use of stain

1557



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