stain

  • 1 Stain — (st[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stained} (st[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staining}.] [Abbrev. fr. distain.] 1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Stain — Stain, n. 1. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A natural spot of a color different from the gound. [1913 Webster] Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains. Pope. [1913… …

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  • 3 stain — [stān] vt. [ME stainen, aphetic < disteinen,DISTAIN: sense and form infl. by ON steinn, color, lit., STONE (hence, mineral pigment)] 1. to spoil the appearance of by patches or streaks of color or dirt; discolor; spot 2. to bring shame upon… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Stain — Stain, v. i. To give or receive a stain; to grow dim. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Stain — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Johann Friedrich von Stain (1681–1735), braunschweigischer und hessischer Staatsmann Walter Stain (1916–2001), deutscher Politiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demse …

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  • 6 stain — [n] spot of dirt, blot, bar black eye*, blemish, blotch, blur, brand, color, discoloration, disgrace, dishonor, drip, dye, infamy, ink spot, mottle, odium, onus, reproach, shame, sinister*, slur, smirch, smudge, spatter, speck, splotch, spot,… …

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  • 7 Stain — Stain, Stadt, so v.w. Stein 2) …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 8 stain — I verb attaint, bedaub, befoul, besmear, besmirch, blacken, blemish, blot, blotch, bring reproach upon, color, contaminate, corrupt, damage, daub, debase, defame, defile, detract from, dirty, discolor, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, dye, grime,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 stain — n *stigma, blot, brand Analogous words: *blemish, defect, flaw: mark, *sign, token: *disgrace, dishonor …

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  • 10 stain — ► VERB 1) mark or discolour with something that is not easily removed. 2) damage (someone s or something s reputation). 3) colour with a penetrative dye or chemical. ► NOUN 1) a stubborn discoloured patch or dirty mark. 2) a thing that damages a… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Stain — Coffee stains For other uses, see Stain (disambiguation). A stain is a discoloration that can be clearly distinguished from the surface, material, or medium it is found upon. Stains are caused by the chemical or physical interaction of two… …

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  • 12 stain — I n. discolored spot 1) to leave a stain 2) to remove a stain 3) a stubborn stain 4) (fig.) a stain on (a stain on one s reputation) II v. (N; used with an adjective) we stained the wood dark brown * * * [steɪn] go down the stain go up the stain… …

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  • 13 stain — 1. To discolor. 2. To color; to dye. 3. A discoloration. 4. A dye used in histologic and bacteriologic technique. 5. A procedure in which a dye or combination of dyes and reagents is used to color the constituents of cells and tissues. For… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 14 stain — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ stubborn ▪ dark ▪ blood (usually bloodstain), coffee, grass, grease, ink …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 stain — ab·stain; ab·stain·er; be·stain; re·stain; stain·abil·i·ty; stain·able; stain·er; stain·less; stain·less·ness; coun·ter·stain; stain; …

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  • 16 stain — stain1 [steın] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Partly from Old French desteindre to discolor , from teindre to give something a different color , from Latin tingere ( TINGE2); partly from Old Norse steina to paint ] 1.) [I and T] to accidentally make …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 stain — 01. Tyra spilled coffee all over her new blouse, [staining] it. 02. This recent scandal has left an embarrassing [stain] on the government. 03. You can get rid of some [stains] in your clothing by putting a bottle of cola in the washing machine.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 stain — 1) n. a dye used to colour tissues and other specimens for microscopical examination. In an acid stain the colour is carried by an acid radical and the stain is taken up by parts of the specimen having a basic (alkaline) reaction. In a basic… …

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  • 19 stain */ — I UK [steɪn] / US verb Word forms stain : present tense I/you/we/they stain he/she/it stains present participle staining past tense stained past participle stained 1) [intransitive/transitive] to leave a mark on something accidentally Sweat had… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 stain — [[t]steɪn[/t]] n. 1) a discoloration produced by foreign matter having penetrated into a material 2) a patch of color different from that of the basic color, as on the body of an animal 3) a cause of reproach; stigma: a stain on one s… …

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