What does stain mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stain, discoloration, discolourationnoun

    a soiled or discolored appearance

    "the wine left a dark stain"

  2. stainnoun

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

  3. dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grungenoun

    the state of being covered with unclean things

  4. mark, stigma, brand, stainnoun

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy

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

  5. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stainverb

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

  6. stainverb

    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. stainverb

    produce or leave stains

    "Red wine stains the table cloth"

  8. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defileverb

    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. stainverb

    color for microscopic study

    "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"

Wiktionary

  1. stainnoun

    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. stainnoun

    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. stainnoun

    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. stainnoun

    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. stainverb

    To discolour something

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

  6. stainverb

    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. stainverb

    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. stainverb

    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. Stainverb

    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. Stainverb

    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. Stainverb

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

  4. Stainverb

    to cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison

  5. Stainverb

    to give or receive a stain; to grow dim

  6. Stainnoun

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

  7. Stainnoun

    a natural spot of a color different from the gound

  8. Stainnoun

    taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach

  9. Stainnoun

    cause of reproach; shame

  10. Stainnoun

    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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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. Jeffrey Lewis:

    Nothing had blown up. There was n’t a giant stain — like they had dumped the fuel — and the vehicles had kind of just moved around, the overall level of activity at the site was much lower. So to our mind, that looked like a launch.

  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. Lindsey Graham:

    We have been dishonorable. This is a stain on the honor of the United States.

  4. Gene Juarez colorist Astrid Burgess:

    Intense violet involves a lightening process prior to a stain to create vivid results and aren’t always easily removed out of the hair, while at the same time can fade rapidly depending on home care and hair porosity.

  5. Cory Booker:

    Today, we have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country's history.

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