dis·​col·​or·​ation | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce discoloration (audio) \

Definition of discoloration

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

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Garments are either cleaned and resold as is, sold with a flaw, overdyed by an artist in Seattle to hide discoloration, or stripped and made into something else entirely. Bridget Read, Vogue, "In the Future, We’ll All Be Wearing Eileen Fisher," 29 May 2019 Makeup products for scars, discoloration, and body-focused repetitive behaviors: Makeup that helps conceal areas on your skin, eyebrows, or hair (if desired), including color-correcting primers, foundations, concealers, and eyebrow products. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Are the Submission Guidelines for Our 2019 Healthy Beauty Awards," 5 Mar. 2019 None of the dead was wearing the band when they were cremated; the metal doesn't show any evidence of melting or even discoloration, so it was probably placed in the pit after the cremated remains. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Find shows 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from Carolinas to Great Lakes," 31 July 2018 One of the main reasons for discoloration in your skin is an infection. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are Your Boobs Normal? We Asked An Expert," 8 Mar. 2019 Too much fluoride can also cause discoloration and pitting, a condition known as dental fluorosis, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste and It's Actually a Problem," 5 Feb. 2019 If the tile isn't glazed or the liquid has spread to the grout, use CLF Bath & Kitchen Cleaner to remove discoloration. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018 Use a product that contains a mix of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like lactic and glycolic acid, like ProX by Olay Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel ($29.54, Amazon.com) to gently remove the top layer of your skin, which will even out discolorations. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015 Shellac is a natural plastic that seals in odors and stains, including the sappy discoloration surrounding a tree knot. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of discoloration

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of discoloration was in 1642

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English Language Learners Definition of discoloration

: the act of changing color in a bad way
: a discolored spot or area


dis·​col·​or·​a·​tion | \ dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce discoloration (audio) \

Kids Definition of discoloration

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

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