stain

[ steyn ]
/ steɪn /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to produce a stain.
to become stained; take a stain: This fabric stains easily.

Nearby words

  1. stagy,
  2. stagyrite,
  3. stahl,
  4. stahl, georg ernst,
  5. staid,
  6. stained glass,
  7. stained glass ceiling,
  8. stainer,
  9. staines,
  10. staining

Origin of stain

1350–1400; Middle English steynen < Old Norse steina to paint; in some senses aphetic form of distain

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British Dictionary definitions for staining

stain

/ (steɪn) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formsstainable, 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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Word Origin and History for staining
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Medicine definitions for staining

staining

[ stānĭng ]

n.

The act of applying a stain.
Modification of the color of the tooth or of the denture base to give a more realistic appearance.

stain

[ stān ]

n.

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.

v.

To treat specimens for the microscope with a reagent or dye that makes visible certain structures without affecting others.

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