verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- stahl, georg ernst,
- stained glass,
- stained glass ceiling,
Origin of stain
Examples from the Web for stain
We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While that is unlikely to happen, the very fact that it can is a stain on the American judicial system.10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System|Christopher Moraff|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
About “developers in bed with reviewers,” and the stain this leaves on the “integrity of games journalism.”It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?|Arthur Chu|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is right that, for some, the stain of humiliation can indeed be irrevocable.
Hot water makes the proteins in the blood set and that makes the stain stick around longer.
His sons rejoice that "His draughts no sensuall waters ever stain'd."Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley
On some leather the water, if it comes through, leaves a stain.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
This, according to the generality of writers, is the only stain upon his character.Life of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Vol, II (of II)|John D. Carrick
Pour off the stain and wash in distilled water until the film presents a pink colour.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
Had I killed her at that moment I should have washed off the stain she had brought on my name in her own blood.Dr. Dumany's Wife|Mr Jkai
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for stain
late 14c., probably representing a merger of Old Norse steina "to paint" and a shortened form of Middle English disteynen "to discolor or stain," from Old French desteign-, stem of desteindre "to remove the color," from des- (from Latin dis- "remove;" see dis-) + Old French teindre "to dye," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Stained; staining. Stained glass is attested from 1791.
1560s, from stain (v.).