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 stain stain

noun

  • ( ) a soiled or discolored appearance  ( discoloration, discolouration, stain )
    a soiled or discolored appearance
     the wine left a dark stain
    the wine left a dark stain
  • ( ) (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible  ( stain )
    (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
  • ( ) the state of being covered with unclean things  ( dirt, filth, grease, grime, grunge, soil, stain )
    the state of being covered with unclean things
  • an act that brings discredit to the person who does it  ( blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain )
    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
     he made a huge blot on his copybook
    he made a huge blot on his copybook
  • a symbol of disgrace or infamy  ( brand, mark, stain, stigma )
    a symbol of disgrace or infamy
     And the Lord set a mark upon Cain
    And the Lord set a mark upon Cain
  • verb

  • ( ) color with a liquid dye or tint  ( stain )
    color with a liquid dye or tint
     Stain this table a beautiful walnut color
    Stain this table a beautiful walnut color
     people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages
    people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages
  • ( ) produce or leave stains  ( stain )
    produce or leave stains
     Red wine stains the table cloth
    Red wine stains the table cloth
  • color for microscopic study  ( stain )
    color for microscopic study
     The laboratory worker dyed the specimen
    The laboratory worker dyed the specimen
  • make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically  ( defile, maculate, stain, sully, tarnish )
    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
     The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
    The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
     Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man
    Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man


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