Stain

Definition of Stain

Pronunciation: stān
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Stained (stānd); p. pr. & vb. n. Staining.]
2.To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by processes 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.
- Milton.
4.To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
She stains the ripest virgins of her age.
- Beau. & Fl.
That did all other beasts in beauty stain.
- Spenser.
Stained glass
glass colored or stained by certain metallic pigments fused into its substance, - often used for making ornamental windows.
v. i.1.To give or receive a stain; to grow dim.
n.1.A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth.
2.A natural spot of a color different from the gound.
3.Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach.
Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains.
- Dryden.
Our opinion . . . is, I trust, without any blemish or stain of heresy.
- Hooker.
4.Cause of reproach; shame.
5.A tincture; a tinge.
You have some stain of soldier in you.
- Shak.

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