verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stain
Synonyms for stain
Related Words for stainingblemish, speck, color, blotch, smudge, tint, stigma, splotch, dye, sully, tarnish, smear, blacken, daub, discolor, contaminate, besmirch, tar, odium, smirch
Examples from the Web for staining
Contemporary Examples of staining
The police, he says, did not help for fear of staining their clothes with the blood.Gang-Raped Indian Woman’s Companion Speaks Out About the Attack
January 4, 2013
Historical Examples of staining
A ghost of color was going up her throat, staining her cheeks.Way of the Lawless
It gushed down his chin, staining the cleanness of his robe.Life Sentence
Staining methods may be classified according to the purpose to which they are adapted.
This staining can only be limited by dilution, but not by the addition of opposed dyes.
The directions for staining will be found on the can in which it is sold.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
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.).