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stain

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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 ᛊᛏᚨᛁᚾᚨᛉ (stainaz), from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (stone), from Proto-Indo-European *stAy- (stone). Cognate with Old English stān (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.

NounEdit

stain (plural stains)

  1. A discoloured spot or area.
  2. A blemish on one's character or reputation.
  3. A substance used to soak into a surface and colour it.
  4. A reagent or dye used to stain microscope specimens so as to make some structures visible.

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VerbEdit

stain (third-person singular simple present stains, present participle staining, simple past and past participle stained)

  1. To discolour something
    to stain the hand with dye
    armour stained with blood
  2. To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation
    • Milton
      Of honour void, / Of innocence, of faith, of purity, / Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
  3. 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
  4. To treat a microscope specimen with a dye
  5. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      She stains the ripest virgins of her age.
    • Spenser
      that did all other beasts in beauty stain

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stain

  1. Romanization of 𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌹𐌽