discoloration

noun dis·col·or·ation \ (ˌ)dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of discoloration

1 : the act of discoloring : the state of being discolored
2 : a discolored spot or formation : stain

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First Known Use of discoloration

1642

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DISCOLORATION Defined for English Language Learners

discoloration

Definition of discoloration for English Language Learners

  • : the act of changing color in a bad way

  • : a discolored spot or area


DISCOLORATION Defined for Kids

discoloration

noun dis·col·or·a·tion \ dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of discoloration for Students

1 : change of color
2 : a spot that is changed in color


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