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stain (v.)

late 14c., "damage or blemish the appearance of," probably representing a merger of Old Norse steina "to paint, color, stain," and a shortened form of Middle English disteynen "to discolor or stain," from Old French desteign-, stem of desteindre "to remove the color" (Modern French déteindre), from des- (from Latin dis- "remove;" see dis-) + Old French teindre "to dye," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Meaning "to color" (fabric, wood, etc.) is from 1650s. Intransitive sense "to become stained, take stain" is from 1877. Related: Stained; staining. Stained glass is attested from 1791.

stain (n.)

1560s, "act of staining," from stain (v.). Meaning "a stain mark, discoloration produced by foreign matter" is from 1580s. Meaning "dye used in staining" is from 1758.

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Definitions of stain from WordNet
1
stain (n.)
a soiled or discolored appearance;
the wine left a dark stain
Synonyms: discoloration / discolouration
stain (n.)
(microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible;
stain (n.)
the state of being covered with unclean things;
Synonyms: dirt / filth / grime / soil / grease / grunge
stain (n.)
a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis;
Synonyms: mark / stigma / brand
stain (n.)
an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;
Synonyms: blot / smear / smirch / spot
2
stain (v.)
color with a liquid dye or tint;
people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages
stain (v.)
produce or leave stains;
Red wine stains the table cloth
stain (v.)
make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically;
Synonyms: tarnish / maculate / sully / defile
stain (v.)
color for microscopic study;
From wordnet.princeton.edu