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Meaning of STAIN

Pronunciation:  steyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
  2. [n]  a soiled or discolored appearance; "the wine left a dark stain"
  3. [n]  a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
  4. [n]  the state of being covered with unclean things
  5. [n]  a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
  6. [v]  color for microscopic study; "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"
  7. [v]  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"
  8. [v]  produce or leave stains; "Red wine stains the table cloth"

STAIN is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: blot, brand, dirt, discoloration, discolouration, filth, grease, grime, grunge, mark, smear, smirch, soil, spot, stigma
 See Also: alter, appearance, bar sinister, bend sinister, bloodstain, change, cloven foot, cloven hoof, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, crystal violet, demerit, dip, dirtiness, dye, ebonise, ebonize, error, fault, gentian violet, iron mold, iron mould, marble, methylene blue, methylthionine chloride, mistake, mud stain, oil stain, scorch, smut, symbol, tarnish, tattoo, uncleanness, vein, visual aspect



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stained}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Staining}.] [Abbrev. fr. distain.]
    1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make
       foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor
       stained with blood.
    2. To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by
       processess affecting, chemically or otherwise, the
       material itself; to tinge with a color or colors combining
       with, or penetrating, the substance; to dye; as, to stain
       wood with acids, colored washes, paint rubbed in, etc.; to
       stain glass.
    3. To spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to
       blot; to soil; to tarnish.
             Of honor void, Of innocence, of faith, of purity,
             Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
    4. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
             She stains the ripest virgins of her age. --Beau. &
             That did all other beasts in beauty stain.
    {Stained glass}, glass colored or stained by certain metallic
       pigments fused into its substance, -- often used for
       making ornament windows.
    Syn: To paint; dye; blot; soil; sully; discolor; disgrace;
    Usage: {Paint}, {Stain}, {Dye}. These denote three different
           processes; the first mechanical, the other two,
           chiefly chemical. To paint a thing is so spread a coat
           of coloring matter over it; to stain or dye a thing is
           to impart color to its substance. To stain is said
           chiefly of solids, as wood, glass, paper; to dye, of
           fibrous substances, textile fabrics, etc.; the one,
           commonly, a simple process, as applying a wash; the
           other more complex, as fixing colors by mordants.
  2. \Stain\, v. i.
    To give or receive a stain; to grow dim.
  3. \Stain\, n.
    1. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on
       a garment or cloth. --Shak.
    2. A natural spot of a color different from the gound.
             Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains.
    3. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach.
             Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains.
             Our opinion . . . is, I trust, without any blemish
             or stain of heresy.                   --Hooker.
    4. Cause of reproach; shame. --Sir P. Sidney.
    5. A tincture; a tinge. [R.]
             You have some stain of soldier in you. --Shak.
    Syn: Blot; spot; taint; pollution; blemish; tarnish; color;
         disgrace; infamy; shame.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a stain in your dream indicates a superficial and reversible mistake in your life. Consider and analyze the substance and color of the stain and the location of the stain itself.