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v. stained, stain·ing, stains
1. To discolor, soil, or spot: The spilled juice stained the carpet.
2. To bring into disrepute; taint or tarnish: The scandal stained the mayor's reputation.
3. To change the color of (a piece of wood, for example) by applying a stain.
4. To treat (a specimen for the microscope) with a reagent or dye in order to identify cell or tissue structures or microorganisms.
To produce or receive discolorations: upholstery that stains easily.
1. A discolored or soiled spot or smudge: a stain that was difficult to scrub out.
2. A diminishment of one's moral character or good reputation by being associated with something disgraceful.
3. A liquid substance applied especially to wood that penetrates the surface and imparts a rich color.
4. A reagent or dye used for staining microscopic specimens.

[Middle English steinen, partly from Old French desteindre, desteign-, to deprive of color (des-, dis- + teindre, to dye, from Latin tingere), and partly from Old Norse steina, to paint.]

stain′a·ble adj.
stain′er n.
Synonyms: stain, blot1, brand, stigma, taint
These nouns denote a mark of discredit or disgrace, as on one's good name: a stain on his honor; a blot on an otherwise clean police record; the brand of cowardice; the stigma of ignominious defeat; the taint of political corruption.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stained - marked or dyed or discolored with foreign matter; "a badly stained tablecloth"; "tear-stained cheeks"
unstained - not stained; "An apron keeps his clothing unstained"
2.stained - having a coating of stain or varnishstained - having a coating of stain or varnish
painted - coated with paint; "freshly painted lawn furniture"


[ˈsteɪnd] adj (= dirty) → taché(e)
to be stained with sth → être taché(e) de qchstained glass n
(= substance) → verre m coloré
(= windows collectively) → vitraux mplstained-glass window nvitrail mstainless steel [ˌsteɪnləsˈstiːl]
nacier m inoxydable
adjen acier inoxydablestain remover ndétachant m


adj fingers, teethgefärbt; clothes, floorfleckig, befleckt (geh); glassbunt, bemalt; reputationbefleckt; stained-glass windowBuntglasfenster nt, → farbiges Glasfenster; stained with bloodblutbefleckt; the white shirt was stained crimson with blooddas weiße Hemd hatte dunkelrote Blutflecken