stain

verb
\ ˈstān How to pronounce stain (audio) \
stained; staining; stains

Definition of stain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to suffuse with color
2 : discolor, soil
3a : taint sense 3 a conscience stained with guilt
b : to bring discredit on the scandal stained his reputation
4 : to color (something, such as wood, glass, or cloth) by processes affecting chemically or otherwise the material itself

intransitive verb

: to receive a stain

stain

noun

Definition of stain (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a soiled or discolored spot
b : a natural spot of color contrasting with the ground
2 : a taint of guilt : stigma
3 : a preparation (as of dye or pigment) used in staining: such as
a : a dye or pigment capable of penetrating the pores of wood
b : 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

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Other Words from stain

Verb

stainable \ ˈstā-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce stain (audio) \ adjective
stainer \ ˈstā-​nər How to pronounce stain (audio) \ noun

Noun

stainproof \ ˈstān-​ˌprüf How to pronounce stain (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for stain

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of stain in a Sentence

Verb The red wine stained the carpet. He stained the wood a dark cherry color. The accusations stained his reputation. Noun There's a juice stain on the floor. She has a stain on her shirt. Will those grass stains wash out?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to clean with a soapy solution and re-stain the furniture once or twice a year to preserve the quality of the bench. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2021 For at-home touchups, Greenberg recommends The Laundress’s wash and stain bars. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 3 May 2021 The final step is to apply an exterior-grade finish, typically stain or clear wood preservative for deck stairs, and acrylic-latex paint for porches. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2021 This fleece blanket also protect your bed and couch from dirty and stain to keep them new and clean. Maren Estrada, BGR, 21 Apr. 2021 The puffs are available in four flavors that won’t stain your fingers and will satisfy your craving for a crunchy snack while providing actual grab-and-go nutrition. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, these beverages can stain the bottle. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2021 While traditional dye kits can stain clothing and be generally messy, this set is comprised of eight non-toxic markers, making for a much cleaner, simpler way to decorate your eggs without extensive after-cleanup. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2021 Of the falsehoods that stain it, from hypocritical duplicity. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun McDermott says distilled white vinegar is a regular part of the stain-removal arsenal at Molly Maid, Neighborly’s cleaning service. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 The playful flamingo-pink sleeper sofa is stain-treated to stand up to daily use. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2021 Villa, one of my two favorites, perfectly amps up my natural lip color, while my other favorite Vesper, is a vampy magenta that sheers out to a berry stain. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 27 May 2021 Criminalist Amy Johnson testified that investigators initially overlooked the blood stain on the trunk’s rubber seal, but found it during an additional search two days later. Fox News, 22 May 2021 Criminalist Amy Johnson testified that investigators initially overlooked the blood stain on the trunk’s rubber seal, but found it during an additional search two days later. Ryan J. Foley, chicagotribune.com, 21 May 2021 The shade is also available in a smooth stain finish. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The acrylic material is known for its durability and stain resistance. Nicole Gleichmann, Health.com, 20 May 2021 Benefit’s popular cherry-red Benetint started life in 1976 as a nipple stain made for exotic dancers out of rose petals and carmine and later commercialized for the unexotic rest of us. Linda Wells, Town & Country, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stain

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stain

Verb

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

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The first known use of stain was in the 14th century

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19 May 2021

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“Stain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stain. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for stain

stain

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

stain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stain (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

stain

verb
\ ˈstān How to pronounce stain (audio) \
stained; staining

Kids Definition of stain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to soil or discolor especially in spots
2 : to use something (as a dye) to change the color of I spent the weekend staining the deck.
3 : corrupt entry 1 sense 1 Her conscience was stained.
4 : disgrace entry 1 The scandal stained his reputation.

stain

noun

Kids Definition of stain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : spot entry 1 sense 2, discoloration Will this stain wash out?
2 : a mark of guilt or disgrace : stigma
3 : something (as a dye) used in staining

Other Words from stain

stainless \ -​ləs \ adjective
\ ˈstān How to pronounce stain (audio) \

Medical Definition of stain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cause discoloration of smoking stains teeth
2 : to color by processes affecting chemically or otherwise the material itself stain bacteria with a fluorescent dye

intransitive verb

: to receive a stain

stain

noun

Medical Definition of stain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a discolored spot or area (as on the skin or teeth) — see port-wine stain
2 : a preparation (as of dye or pigment) used in staining something especially : a dye or mixture of dyes used in microscopy to make minute and transparent structures visible, to differentiate tissue elements, or to produce specific chemical reactions

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