American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To alter or spoil the color of; stain.
- v. To become altered or spoiled in color.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To alter the natural hue or color of; change to a different color or shade; stain; tinge.
- To alter the complexion of; change the appearance of; give a false appearance to.
- In zoology and botany, of varied or different colors; variegated; discolorous; not concolor: said of any single object.
- In zoology, differing in color, as one thing from another; discolorate; not concolor: usually with with: as, elytra discolor with the thorax.
- Also discolorous, discolorate.
- v. To change or lose color.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To alter the natural hue or color of; to change to a different color; to stain; to tinge
- v. To alter the true complexion or appearance of; to put a false hue upon.
- v. lose color or turn colorless
- v. cause to lose or change color
- v. change color, often in an undesired manner
- Middle English discolouren, from Old French discolerer : des-, dis- + colourer, to color (from Latin colōrāre, from color, color; see color). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“discolor' to the point of losing its effects before the fly is either too beat up to continue using or is now sitting, attached to a rock on the bottom of the stream.”
“Stainless" is a misnomer; it should be described as "stain resistant" because it will discolor or oxidize a bit, but I don't clean my stainless rifles and sidearms any differently (or any less thoroughly) than those of blued or Parkerized steel.”
“Don't try to skin it yourself ... there is a pretty good chance you will dislodge or discolor feathers if you aren't used to doing it.”
“There was also an information sheet that gave details about the preservation: The foam bust pads were removed because they could discolor the dress with age.”
“Handle With Care When it comes to canvases, the goal is to avoid placing anything against the surface that could imprint an unwanted pattern, discolor or distort—including sticky paper, rough blankets, bubbly plastic or oily fingerprints.”
“Moller dining room table and chairs we sat at for every holiday dinner, played cards at in the sweltering heat of summer and for which we kept the room dark, so as not to discolor the wood; books I grew up reading, slides of my childhood I had never seen.”
“In the group there will also be the Peruvian Salvia discolor.”
“The directions said if you leave the mop in one spot too long it will discolor the floor.”
“How could fear, anger, and hatred so discolor a time set aside for the celebration of values worth dying for?”
“Dress the salad right before eating as the acid in the dressing with discolor the beans.”
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