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stain

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verb \ ˈstān \

Definition of stain

transitive verb
1 :to suffuse with color
3 a :taint 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

stainable

play \ˈstā-nə-bəl\ adjective

stainer

play \ˈstā-nər\ noun

Examples of stain in a Sentence

  1. The red wine stained the carpet.

  2. He stained the wood a dark cherry color.

  3. The accusations stained his reputation.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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stain

noun

Definition of stain

1 a :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

stainproof

play \-ˌprüf\ adjective

Examples of stain in a Sentence

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

  2. She has a stain on her shirt.

  3. Will those grass stains wash out?

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First Known Use of stain

1557


STAIN Defined for English Language Learners

stain

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verb

Definition of stain for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of stain for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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stain

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verb \ ˈstān \

Definition of stain for Students

stained; staining
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 :1corrupt 1
  • Her conscience was stained.
4 :1disgrace
  • The scandal stained his reputation.

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stain

noun

Definition of stain for Students

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

stainless

\-ləs\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

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stain

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transitive verb \ ˈstān \

medical Definition of stain

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

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stain

noun

medical Definition of stain

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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