What does stain mean?

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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.

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

  2. stain(Noun)

    A blemish on one's character or reputation.

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

  3. stain(Noun)

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

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

  4. stain(Noun)

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

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

  5. stain(Verb)

    To discolour something

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

  6. stain(Verb)

    To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation

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

  7. stain(Verb)

    To coat a surface with a stain

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

  8. stain(Verb)

    To treat a microscope specimen with a dye

    Etymology: 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.]

Anagrams for stain »

  1. satin, sat in

  2. antis

  3. tisan

  4. tians

  5. saint, Saint

  6. Saint

  7. Sat in

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How to say stain in sign language?

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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

Examples of stain in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Jon Stewart:

    Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak and no one, shameful, it's an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution. You should be ashamed of yourselves for those who aren't here but you won't be because accountability doesn't appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.

  3. 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.

  4. Jason Verstak:

    Thanks to technological innovations, synthetic carpets are becoming softer and more luxurious all the time, generally speaking, they are more cost-efficient, hard-wearing and stain-resistant than pure wool carpets.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    Keeping this facility open is contrary to our values, it undermines our standing in the world. It is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law.

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