- 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.
- 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.
- to produce a stain.
- to become stained; take a stain: This fabric stains easily.
Origin of stain
Synonyms for stain
Examples from the Web for stainer
Historical Examples of stainer
There remained, after all Stainer's changes, the German sound-hole and extra arching, &c.
The form is somewhat like Stainer's, but higher and heavier in construction.
Stainer says this was undoubtedly the precursor of the organ.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building
George Laing Miller
She had told him that in her own right she was a countessthe Countess of Stainer.The Girl From His Town
Marie Van Vorst
The stainer of the sea-fowl's beak, resolved to scour the main, far distant shores connected by swift fleets.
- Sir John . 1840–1901, British composer and organist, noted for his sacred music, esp the oratorio The Crucifixion (1887)
- 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
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.).
- 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.