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Verb: stain  steyn
  1. Colour with a liquid dye or tint
    "Stain this table a beautiful walnut colour"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"
     
  2. Produce or leave stains
    "Red wine stains the table cloth"
     
  3. Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
    "The silver was stained by the long exposure to the air";
    - tarnish, maculate, sully, defile
     
  4. Colour for microscopic study
Noun: stain  steyn
  1. A soiled or discoloured appearance
    "the wine left a dark stain";
    - discoloration, discolouration [Brit, Cdn]
     
  2. (microscopy) a dye or other colouring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
     
  3. Anything regarded as making something unclean
    - dirt, filth, grime, soil, grease, grunge
     
  4. A symbol of disgrace or infamy
    "And the Lord set a stain upon Cain";
    - mark, stigma, brand
     
  5. An act that brings discredit to the person who does it
    "he made a huge stain on his copybook";
    - blot, smear, smirch, spot

Derived forms: staining, stains, stained

Type of: alter, appearance, blob, blot, change, color [US], coloring material [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], colouring material [Brit, Cdn], dirtiness, dye, error, fault, fleck, mistake, modify, spot, symbol, uncleanness, visual aspect

Encyclopedia: Stain