1. stain - noun
· a soiled or discolored appearance; "the wine left a dark stain"
2. stain - noun
· (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
3. stain - noun
· the state of being covered with unclean things
4. stain - noun
· a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
5. stain - noun
· an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
6. stain - verb
· color with a liquid dye or tint; "Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"
7. stain - verb
· produce or leave stains; "Red wine stains the table cloth"
8. stain - verb
· make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
9. stain - verb
· color for microscopic study; "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen"
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