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 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, "How Innovative Food Companies Are Meeting Demand For Healthier Choices Without Sacrificing Flavor," 5 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, these beverages can stain the bottle. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best infusion water bottle," 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, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 16 Mar. 2021 Of the falsehoods that stain it, from hypocritical duplicity. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "We Have a Fail-Safe Vaccine for the Deadlier Pandemic," 15 Mar. 2021 Then, to Chip's horror, Jo divulged her plan to stain it darker. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Chip Gaines Feels Very Strongly About NOT Staining Hardwood Floors," 3 Mar. 2021 On one hand, the sign-stealing and resulting punishment will forever stain Cora’s résumé, and will command scrutiny in the year to come. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora attempts to rebuild his reputation with rebuilding Red Sox," 27 Feb. 2021 The pus can stain clothes, and hair removal methods like shaving can make hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms worse. Allyson Byers, SELF, "6 Ways Real People Manage Hidradenitis Suppurativa Armpit Flare-Ups," 26 Feb. 2021 Inside, busts of former speakers of the House and a Chippewa statesman, a statue of Thomas Jefferson and paintings of James Madison and John Quincy Adams were coated in fire extinguisher and other chemicals, including yellow dye that could stain. New York Times, "Capitol Riot Costs Will Exceed $30 Million, Official Tells Congress," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Horschel asked Mickelson if there was a grass stain. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "For the 1st time, Japan is home to a leader of the Masters," 11 Apr. 2021 The suppression of the Holocaust’s gay voices remains a stain that lingers on to this day. Andrea Carlo, Time, "Why It Took Decades for LGBTQ Stories to Be Included in Holocaust History," 7 Apr. 2021 The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II remains a permanent stain on the national character. Washington Post, "A convergence of racial reckoning for Black and Asian Americans," 24 Mar. 2021 Now it’s been laicized and racialized — a moral stain that blots out all others. Tracy Quan, Los Angeles Times, "Tracy Quan: Don’t forget — the Atlanta shooting is a hate crime against sex workers," 19 Mar. 2021 Coach Kermit Davis' group had won three in a row before Friday's setback to LSU but a March 6 loss to Vanderbilt serves as a major résumé stain. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness Bubble Watch: Bid thieves threatening to ruin NCAA Tournament at-large hopes," 13 Mar. 2021 The device also has a non-stick and stain-resistant warming plate, plus a reusable filter basket, a charcoal water filter, and a measuring scoop. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "You'll Want To Shop Everything from Drew Barrymore's Stylish New Kitchen Appliance Collection," 29 Mar. 2021 The suitcase is made from a water- and stain-resistant polyester fabric. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "The best carry-on luggage of 2021: Amazon, Away, ROAM and more," 19 Mar. 2021 Chinese laborers long faced grave discrimination in the US, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is a stain on the country's history. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "The bias facing Black and Asian Americans reflects a broader problem," 19 Mar. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Stain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stain. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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