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Stain meaning

stain - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
  2. 2. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; " The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; " Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
  3. 3. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood.
  4. 4. To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by processess affecting, chemically or otherwise, the material itself; to tinge with a color or colors combining with, or penetrating, the substance; to dye; as, to stain wood with acids, colored washes, paint rubbed in, etc.; to stain glass.
  5. 5. To spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to blot; to soil; to tarnish.
  6. 6. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
  7. 7. To give or receive a stain; to grow dim.
  8. 8. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth.
  9. 9. A natural spot of a color different from the gound.
  10. 10. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach.
  11. 11. Cause of reproach; shame.
  12. 12. A tincture; a tinge.
  13. 13. Spot of color; color; discoloration; disgrace.
  14. 14. To dye; tinge; discolor; sully; tarnish; disgrace.

stain - examples of usage

  1. Beyond the shoes, a stain that had faded rose and became vivid on the carpet.
  2. Well, it leaves a dark- brown stain, doesn't it? - "Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course", W. B. M. Ferguson.
  3. It was the kind of battle which is fought every day and every hour; but the battlefield is always a silent place, and there is neither broken weapon nor crimson stain to tell us where the strife has been. - "A Vanished Hand", Sarah Doudney.
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