[ steyn ]
/ steɪn /
a discoloration produced by foreign matter having penetrated into or chemically reacted with a material; a spot not easily removed.
a natural spot or patch of color different from that of the basic color, as on the body of an animal.
a cause of reproach; stigma; blemish: a stain on one's reputation.
coloration produced by a dye that penetrates a substance, as wood.
a dye made into a solution for coloring woods, textiles, etc.
a reagent or dye used in treating a specimen for microscopic examination.
verb (used with object)
to discolor with spots or streaks of foreign matter.
to bring reproach or dishonor upon; blemish.
to sully with guilt or infamy; corrupt.
to color or dye (wood, cloth, etc.) by any of various processes that change or react with the substance chemically.
to color with something that penetrates the substance.
to treat (a microscopic specimen) with some reagent or dye in order to color the whole or parts and so give distinctness, contrast of tissues, etc.
verb (used without object)
to produce a stain.
to become stained; take a stain: This fabric stains easily.
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Origin of stain
1350–1400; Middle English steynen < Old Norse steina to paint; in some senses aphetic form of distain
OTHER WORDS FROM stain
stain·a·ble, adjectivestain·a·bil·i·ty, stain·a·ble·ness, nounstain·a·bly, adverbstain·er, noun
de·stain·er, nounnon·stain·a·ble, adjectivenon·stain·er, nounnon·stain·ing, adjectivere·stain, verbun·der·stain, nounun·der·stain, verb (used with object)well-stained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for restain
/ (steɪn) /
verb (mainly tr)
to mark or discolour with patches of something that dirtiesthe dress was stained with coffee
to dye with a penetrating dyestuff or pigment
to bring disgrace or shame onto stain someone's honour
to colour (specimens) for microscopic study by treatment with a dye or similar reagent
(intr) to produce indelible marks or discolorationdoes ink stain?
a spot, mark, or discoloration
a moral taint; blemish or slur
a dye or similar reagent, used to colour specimens for microscopic study
a solution or liquid used to penetrate the surface of a material, esp wood, and impart a rich colour without covering up the surface or grain
any dye that is made into a solution and used to colour textiles and hides
Derived forms of stainstainable, adjectivestainability, nounstainer, noun
Word Origin for stain
C14 steynen (vb), shortened from disteynen to remove colour from, from Old French desteindre to discolour, from des- dis- 1 + teindre, from Latin tingere to tinge
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Medical definitions for restain
[ stān ]
A reagent or dye that is used for staining microscopic specimens.
A procedure in which a dye or a combination of dyes and reagents is used to color the constituents of cells and tissues.
To treat specimens for the microscope with a reagent or dye that makes visible certain structures without affecting others.
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