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Meaning & Definition of Stain in English

English

Stain

/sten/

noun

1. A soiled or discolored appearance

  • "The wine left a dark stain"
    synonym:
  • stain
  • ,
  • discoloration
  • ,
  • discolouration

2. (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

    synonym:
  • stain

3. The state of being covered with unclean things

    synonym:
  • dirt
  • ,
  • filth
  • ,
  • grime
  • ,
  • soil
  • ,
  • stain
  • ,
  • grease
  • ,
  • grunge

4. A symbol of disgrace or infamy

  • "And the lord set a mark upon cain"--genesis
    synonym:
  • mark
  • ,
  • stigma
  • ,
  • brand
  • ,
  • stain

5. An act that brings discredit to the person who does it

  • "He made a huge blot on his copybook"
    synonym:
  • blot
  • ,
  • smear
  • ,
  • smirch
  • ,
  • spot
  • ,
  • stain

verb

1. Color with a liquid dye or tint

  • "Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"
  • "People knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"
    synonym:
  • stain

2. Produce or leave stains

  • "Red wine stains the table cloth"
    synonym:
  • stain

3. Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air

  • Also used metaphorically
  • "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"
  • "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
    synonym:
  • tarnish
  • ,
  • stain
  • ,
  • maculate
  • ,
  • sully
  • ,
  • defile

4. Color for microscopic study

  • "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"
    synonym:
  • stain

Examples of using

There's a coffee stain on your necktie.
What's that stain?
The stain that was removed was still visible on the skirt.