- The definition of a stain is a spot, a moral wrongdoing, or something used to add color.
- An example of a stain is grease on a shirt.
- An example of a stain on a politician's record is when he is caught stealing from the city budget.
- An example of a stain is a box of fabric dye which can be used to turn a white shirt into a blue shirt.
- Stain is defined as to dirty, dishonor or to apply some sort of coloring.
- An example of stain is to spill sauce on your shirt.
- An example of stain is to bring shame upon a family by doing something illegal.
- An example of stain is to add a paint to a redwood fence to protect it from the weather.
- to spoil the appearance of by patches or streaks of color or dirt; discolor; spot
- to bring shame upon (someone's character, reputation, etc.); taint; disgrace; dishonor
- to change the appearance of (wood, glass, etc.) by applying a dye, pigment, etc.
- to treat (material for microscopic study) with a coloring matter that facilitates study, as by making transparent parts visible or by producing a different effect upon different structures or tissues
Origin of stainMiddle English stainen, aphetic ; from disteinen, distain: sense and form influenced, influence by Old Norse steinn, color, literally , stone (hence, mineral pigment)
- a discoloration, streak, or spot resulting from staining
- a moral blemish; dishonor; guilt; taint: a stain on one's reputation
- a substance used to impart color in staining; specif.,
- a dye or pigment in solution, esp. one that penetrates a wood surface
- a dye used to stain material for microscopic study
verbstained, stain·ing, stains
- To discolor, soil, or spot: The spilled juice stained the carpet.
- To bring into disrepute; taint or tarnish: The scandal stained the mayor's reputation.
- To change the color of (a piece of wood, for example) by applying a stain.
- To treat (a specimen for the microscope) with a reagent or dye in order to identify cell or tissue structures or microorganisms.
- A discolored or soiled spot or smudge: a stain that was difficult to scrub out.
- A diminishment of one's moral character or good reputation by being associated with something disgraceful.
- A liquid substance applied especially to wood that penetrates the surface and imparts a rich color.
- A reagent or dye used for staining microscopic specimens.
Origin of stainMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present stains, present participle staining, simple past and past participle stained)
- To discolour something
- to stain the hand with dye
- armour stained with blood
- To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation
- To coat a surface with a stain
- to stain wood with acids, coloured washes, paint rubbed in, etc.
- the stained glass used for church windows
- To treat a microscope specimen with a dye
- To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
From Middle English steinen, steynen (â€œto stain, colour, paintâ€), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse steina (â€œto stain, colour, paintâ€), from steinn (â€œstone, mineral blee, colour, stainâ€), from Proto-Norse á›Šá›áš¨á›áš¾áš¨á›‰ (stainaz), from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (â€œstoneâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *stAy- (â€œstoneâ€). Cognate with Old English stÄn (â€œstoneâ€). More at stone.
In some senses, influenced by unrelated Middle English disteynen (â€œto discolor, remove the colour from"; literally, "de-colourâ€), from Anglo-Norman desteindre (â€œto remove the colour from, bleachâ€), from Old French desteindre (â€œto remove the color from, bleachâ€), from des- (â€œdis-, de-, un-â€) + teindre (â€œto dyeâ€), from Latin tingo.