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stain

stain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word stain

Definition
(noun) a soiled or discolored appearance
Example Sentence
  • the wine left a dark stain

Definition
(noun) (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
Definition
(noun) the state of being covered with unclean things
Synonyms : dirt , filth , grease , grime , grunge , soil

Definition
(noun) a symbol of disgrace or infamy
Synonyms : brand , mark , stigma
Example Sentence
  • And the Lord set a mark upon Cain

Definition
(noun) an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
Synonyms : blot , smear , smirch , spot
Example Sentence
  • he made a huge blot on his copybook

Definition
(verb) color with a liquid dye or tint
Example Sentence
  • Stain this table a beautiful walnut color
  • people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages

Definition
(verb) produce or leave stains
Example Sentence
  • Red wine stains the table cloth

Definition
(verb) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
Synonyms : defile , maculate , sully , tarnish
Example Sentence
  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  • Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man

Definition
(verb) color for microscopic study
Example Sentence
  • The laboratory worker dyed the specimen

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