What does stain mean?

Definitions for stainsteɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word stain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stain, discoloration, discolouration(noun)

    a soiled or discolored appearance

    "the wine left a dark stain"

  2. stain(noun)

    (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

  3. dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grunge(noun)

    the state of being covered with unclean things

  4. mark, stigma, brand, stain(noun)

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy

    "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis

  5. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain(verb)

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

  6. stain(verb)

    color with a liquid dye or tint

    "Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"

  7. stain(verb)

    produce or leave stains

    "Red wine stains the table cloth"

  8. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile(verb)

    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"

  9. stain(verb)

    color for microscopic study

    "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"

Wiktionary

  1. stain(Noun)

    A discoloured spot or area.

  2. stain(Noun)

    A blemish on one's character or reputation.

  3. stain(Noun)

    A substance used to soak into a surface and colour it.

  4. stain(Noun)

    A reagent or dye used to stain microscope specimens so as to make some structures visible.

  5. stain(Verb)

    To discolour something

  6. stain(Verb)

    To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation

  7. stain(Verb)

    To coat a surface with a stain

  8. stain(Verb)

    To treat a microscope specimen with a dye

  9. Origin: From steinen, steynen, of origin, from steina, from steinn, from stainaz, from stAy-. Cognate with stan. More at stone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stain(verb)

    to discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood

  2. Stain(verb)

    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

  3. Stain(verb)

    to spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to blot; to soil; to tarnish

  4. Stain(verb)

    to cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison

  5. Stain(verb)

    to give or receive a stain; to grow dim

  6. Stain(noun)

    a discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth

  7. Stain(noun)

    a natural spot of a color different from the gound

  8. Stain(noun)

    taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach

  9. Stain(noun)

    cause of reproach; shame

  10. Stain(noun)

    a tincture; a tinge

Freebase

  1. Stain

    A stain is a discoloration that can be clearly distinguished from the surface, material, or medium it is found upon. They are caused by the chemical or physical interaction of two dissimilar materials. Staining is used for biochemical research, metal staining, and art.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stain

    stān, v.t. to tinge or colour: to give a different colour to: to impregnate, as a tissue, with some substance whose reaction colours some parts but not others, thus making form or structure plainly visible: to dye: to mark with guilt or infamy: to bring reproach on: to sully: to tarnish.—v.i. to take or impart a stain.—n. a discoloration: a spot: taint of guilt: cause of reproach: shame.—n. Stain′er, one who stains or blots: a dyer.—adj. Stain′less, without or free from stain.—adv. Stain′lessly.—n. Stain′lessness.—Stained glass, glass painted with certain pigments fused into its surface. [Short for distain—O. Fr. desteindre—L. dis-, away, tingĕre, to dye.]

Editors Contribution

  1. stain

    A type of oil, paint or product created and formulated in various colors, formula, mixture, pigment and substances used for a variety of purposes according to the manufacturer product creation.

    Some people choose to buy a wood stain to give a color and coating to their wood products.

Anagrams for stain »

  1. satin, sat in

  2. antis

  3. tisan

  4. tians

  5. saint, Saint

  6. Saint

  7. Sat in

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jillian Graham, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul:

    Never let a stain from the past put a mark on your future.

  2. Beckett:

    Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.

  3. Henry Ward Beecher:

    It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

  4. Danyal Balagopal Abdullah:

    Some of it is really petty, even the cigarette stain was a problem, i agree that our athletes should not have done it as they had been briefed and warned of the consequences. Despite the hefty fine, I don't think indiscipline in Incheon is a big issue.

  5. President Obama:

    In one afternoon 50 years ago, so much of our turbulent history -- the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher -- met on this bridge.

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