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STAIN, v.t. [L., a sprinkle, a spread, a layer; to spread, expand, sprinkle, or be scattered. Gr.]

1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; to stain clothes with vegetable juice; to stain paper; armor stained with blood.

2. To dye; to tinge with a different color; as, to stain cloth.

3. To impress with figures, in colors different from the ground; as, to stain paper for hangings.

4. To blot; to soil; to spot with guilt or infamy; to tarnish; to bring reproach on; as, to stain the character.

Of honor void, of innocence, of faith, of purity, our wonted ornaments now soild and staind.

STAIN, n.

1. A spot; discoloration from foreign matter; as a stain on a garment or cloth.

2. A natural spot of a color different from the ground.

Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains.

3. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach; as the stain of sin.

Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains.

Our opinion is, I hope, without any blemish or stain of heresy.

4. Cause of reproach; shame.

Hereby I will lead her that is the praise and yet the stain of all womankind.



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STAIN, v.t. [L., a sprinkle, a spread, a layer; to spread, expand, sprinkle, or be scattered. Gr.]

1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; to stain clothes with vegetable juice; to stain paper; armor stained with blood.

2. To dye; to tinge with a different color; as, to stain cloth.

3. To impress with figures, in colors different from the ground; as, to stain paper for hangings.

4. To blot; to soil; to spot with guilt or infamy; to tarnish; to bring reproach on; as, to stain the character.

Of honor void, of innocence, of faith, of purity, our wonted ornaments now soild and staind.

STAIN, n.

1. A spot; discoloration from foreign matter; as a stain on a garment or cloth.

2. A natural spot of a color different from the ground.

Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains.

3. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach; as the stain of sin.

Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains.

Our opinion is, I hope, without any blemish or stain of heresy.

4. Cause of reproach; shame.

Hereby I will lead her that is the praise and yet the stain of all womankind.

STAIN, n.

  1. A spot; discoloration from foreign matter; as, stain on a garment or cloth.
  2. A natural spot of a color different from the ground. Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains. – Pope.
  3. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach; as, the stain of sin. Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains. – Dryden. Our opinion is, I hope, without any blemish or stain of heresy. – Hooker.
  4. Cause of reproach; shame. Hereby I will lead her that is the praise and yet the stain all womankind. – Sidney.

STAIN, v.t. [W. ystaeniaw, to spread over, to stain; ystaenu, to cover with tin; ystaen, that is spread out, or that is sprinkled, a stain, tin, L. stannum; taen, a spread, a sprinkle, a layer; taenu, to spread, expand, sprinkle, or be scattered. This coincides in elements with Gr. τεινω. The French teindre, Sp. teñir, It. tingere, Port. tingir, to stain, are from the L. tingo, Gr. τεγγω, Sax. deagan, Eng. dye; a word formed by different elements. Stain seems to be from the Welsh, and if taen is not a contracted word, it has no connection with the Fr. teindre.]

  1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; to stain clothes with vegetable juice; to stain paper; armor stained with blood.
  2. To dye; to tinge with a different color; as, to stain cloth.
  3. To impress with figures, in colors different from the ground; as, to stain paper for hangings.
  4. To blot; to soil; to spot with guilt or infamy; to tarnish; to bring reproach on; as, to stain the character. Of honor void, of innocence, of faith of purity, / Our wonted of ornaments now soil'd and stained. – Milton.

Stain
  1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter] to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; armor stained with blood.
  2. To give or receive a stain; to grow dim.
  3. A discoloration by foreign matter; a spot; as, a stain on a garment or cloth.

    Shak.
  4. To color, as wood, glass, paper, cloth, or the like, by processess affecting, chemically or otherwise, the material itself; to tinge with a color or colors combining with, or penetrating, the substance; to dye; as, to stain wood with acids, colored washes, paint rubbed in, etc.; to stain glass.
  5. A natural spot of a color different from the gound.

    Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains. Pope.

  6. To spot with guilt or infamy; to bring reproach on; to blot; to soil; to tarnish.

    Of honor void,
    Of innocence, of faith, of purity,
    Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
    Milton.

  7. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach.

    Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains. Dryden.

    Our opinion . . . is, I trust, without any blemish or stain of heresy. Hooker.

  8. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.

    She stains the ripest virgins of her age. Beau. *** Fl.

    That did all other beasts in beauty stain. Spenser.

    Stained glass, glass colored or stained by certain metallic pigments fused into its substance, -- often used for making ornament windows.

    Syn. -- To paint] dye; blot; soil; sully; discolor; disgrace; taint. -- Paint, Stain, Dye. These denote three different processes; the first mechanical, the other two, chiefly chemical. To paint a thing is so spread a coat of coloring matter over it; to stain or dye a thing is to impart color to its substance. To stain is said chiefly of solids, as wood, glass, paper; to dye, of fibrous substances, textile fabrics, etc.; the one, commonly, a simple process, as applying a wash; the other more complex, as fixing colors by mordants.

  9. Cause of reproach; shame.

    Sir P. Sidney.
  10. A tincture; a tinge.

    [R.]

    You have some stain of soldier in you. Shak.

    Syn. -- Blot; spot; taint; pollution; blemish; tarnish; color; disgrace; infamy; shame.

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STAIN, verb transitive [Latin , a sprinkle, a spread, a layer; to spread, expand, sprinkle, or be scattered. Gr.]

1. To discolor by the application of foreign matter; to make foul; to spot; as, to stain the hand with dye; to stain clothes with vegetable juice; to stain paper; armor stained with blood.

2. To dye; to tinge with a different color; as, to stain cloth.

3. To impress with figures, in colors different from the ground; as, to stain paper for hangings.

4. To blot; to soil; to spot with guilt or infamy; to tarnish; to bring reproach on; as, to stain the character.

Of honor void, of innocence, of faith, of purity, our wonted ornaments now soild and staind.

STAIN, noun

1. A spot; discoloration from foreign matter; as a stain on a garment or cloth.

2. A natural spot of a color different from the ground.

Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains.

3. Taint of guilt; tarnish; disgrace; reproach; as the stain of sin.

Nor death itself can wholly wash their stains.

Our opinion is, I hope, without any blemish or stain of heresy.

4. Cause of reproach; shame.

Hereby I will lead her that is the praise and yet the stain of all womankind.

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