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stain

stain

 
pronunciation:
steIn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a spot or discoloration caused by a foreign substance; tarnish.
synonyms:
blotch, discoloration, smear, smirch, smudge, soil, speck, splotch, spot
similar words:
tarnish
definition 2: a usu. liquid substance used to color something by penetrating it, such as wood or tissue for microscopic examination.
synonyms:
finish, tincture
definition 3: the colored appearance of something to which such a substance has been applied.
synonyms:
dye, finish, pigmentation, tincture
definition 4: a tarnish or blot upon one's reputation, virtue, or moral purity; stigma.
synonyms:
black eye, blot, brand, smear, smirch, spot, stigma
similar words:
taint
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stained, staining, stains
definition 1: to spot or discolor, as by a foreign substance; tarnish.
synonyms:
blot, blotch, discolor, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
similar words:
besmirch, blemish, soil, splotch, sully, tarnish
definition 2: to cause to take on a new color by applying a stain.
synonyms:
dye, imbue, tincture
similar words:
color, finish, imbrue, pigment, tinge, tint
definition 3: to mark or blemish (a person's reputation) with dishonor.
synonyms:
blacken, brand, defile, smear, smirch, soil, stigmatize, taint, tarnish
similar words:
besmirch, cloud, disgrace, foul, mark, sully
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to cause a stain.
synonyms:
blot, discolor, smudge, spot
similar words:
mark, tarnish
definition 2: to become, or be able to become, stained.
This wood stains nicely.
synonyms:
blot, smear, smudge, soil, spot
similar words:
color, dye, mark, pigment, tarnish
derivations: stainable (adj.), stained (adj.), stainability (n.), stainer (n.)
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  • stained:
    having a stain.
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