American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To discolor, soil, or spot.
- v. To bring into disrepute; taint or tarnish.
- v. To color (glass, for example) with a coat of penetrating liquid dye or tint.
- v. To treat (specimens for the microscope) with a reagent or dye that makes visible certain structures without affecting others.
- v. To produce or receive discolorations.
- n. A discolored or soiled spot or smudge.
- n. A blemish on one's moral character or reputation.
- n. A liquid substance applied especially to wood that penetrates the surface and imparts a rich color.
- n. A reagent or dye used for staining microscopic specimens.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discolor, as by the application of some foreign matter; make foul; spot: as, to stain the hand with dye, or with tobacco-juice; to stain the clothes.
- To soil or sully with guilt or infamy; tarnish; bring reproach on; corrupt; deprave: as, to stain the character; stained with guilt.
- To deface; disfigure; impair, as shape, beauty, or excellence.
- To color by a process other than painting or coating or covering the surface. To color (as glass) by something which combines chemically with the substance to be colored.
- To print colors upon (especially upon paper-hangings).
- To darken; dim; obscure.
- Hence To eclipse; excel.
- To cause a stain or discoloration.
- To take stains; become stained, soiled, or sullied; grow dim; be obscured.
- n. A spot; a discoloration, especially a discoloration produced by contact with foreign matter by external causes or influences: as, mildew-stains.
- n. A blot; a blemish; a cause of reproach or disgrace: as, a stain on one's character.
- n. In entomology, a well-defined spot of color which appears to be semi-transparent, so that it merely modifies the ground-color: it may be produced by very fine dots, as on a butterfly's wing.
- n. Taint; tarnish; evil or corrupting effect: as, the stain of sin.
- n. Slight trace; tinge; tincture.
- n. Coloring matter; a liquid used to color wood, ivory, etc., by absorption.
- n. Specifically, a solution of a dye used in microscopical work to render more readily visible various structures, and for purposes of differentiation.
- n. A discoloured spot or area.
- n. A blemish on one's character or reputation.
- n. A substance used to soak into a surface and colour it.
- n. A reagent or dye used to stain microscope specimens so as to make some structures visible.
- v. To discolour something
- v. To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation
- v. To coat a surface with a stain
- v. To treat a microscope specimen with a dye
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot.
- v. To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by processes affecting, chemically or otherwise, the material itself; to tinge with a color or colors combining with, or penetrating, the substance; to dye.
- v. To spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to blot; to soil; to tarnish.
- v. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
- v. To give or receive a stain; to grow dim.
- n. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot.
- n. A natural spot of a color different from the gound.
- n. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach.
- n. Cause of reproach; shame.
- n. rare A tincture; a tinge.
- v. color with a liquid dye or tint
- v. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
- n. a soiled or discolored appearance
- n. a symbol of disgrace or infamy
- n. the state of being covered with unclean things
- v. color for microscopic study
- n. (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
- n. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
- v. produce or leave stains
- From Middle English steinen, steynen ("to stain, colour, paint"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse steina ("to stain, colour, paint"), from steinn ("stone, mineral blee, colour, stain"), from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (“stone”), from Proto-Indo-European *stAy- (“stone”). Cognate with Old English stān ("stone"). More at stone. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English steinen, partly from Old French desteindre, desteign-, to deprive of color (des-, dis- + teindre, to dye from Latin tingere), and partly from Old Norse steina, to paint. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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