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stain

noun (n)

  • a soiled or discolored appearance (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    The wine left a dark stain.
    source: wordnet30
  • (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • the state of being covered with unclean things (noun.state)
    Synonym: dirt, filth, grease, grime, grunge, soil
    source: wordnet30
  • a symbol of disgrace or infamy (noun.communication)
    Synonym: brand, mark, stigma
    source: wordnet30
  • an act that brings discredit to the person who does it (noun.act)
    Synonym: blot, smear, smirch, spot
    source: wordnet30
  • A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • color with a liquid dye or tint (verb.change)
    Example:
    Stain this table a beautiful walnut color.
    People knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages.
    source: wordnet30
  • produce or leave stains (verb.change)
    Example:
    Red wine stains the table cloth.
    source: wordnet30
  • make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • color for microscopic study (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To give or receive a stain; to grow dim. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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