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.
The spilled juice stained the carpet.
The scandal stained the mayor's reputation.
Upholstery that stains easily.
A stain that was difficult to scrub out.
A stain on one's reputation.
- A dye or pigment in solution, esp. one that penetrates a wood surface.
- A dye used to stain material for microscopic study.
To stain the hand with dye.
Armour stained with blood.
To stain wood with acids, coloured washes, paint rubbed in, etc.
The stained glass used for church windows.
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.
Origin of stain
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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-Norse á›Šá›áš¨á›áš¾áš¨á›‰ (stainaz), from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (“stone"), from Proto-Indo-European *stAy- (“stone"). Cognate with Old English stÄn (“stone"). More at stone.
- In some senses, influenced by unrelated Middle English disteynen (“to discolor, remove the colour from"; literally, "de-colour"), from Anglo-Norman desteindre (“to remove the colour from, bleach"), from Old French desteindre (“to remove the color from, bleach"), from des- (“dis-, de-, un-") + teindre (“to dye"), from Latin tingo.