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English Dictionary: Staining by the DICT Development Group
2 results for Staining
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (histology) the use of a dye to color specimens for microscopic study
  2. the act of spotting or staining something
    Synonym(s): staining, spotting, maculation
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stain \Stain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stained}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Staining}.] [Abbrev. fr. distain.]
      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 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.
      3. 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.
      4. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
                     She stains the ripest virgins of her age. --Beau. &
                     That did all other beasts in beauty stain.
      {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;
      Usage: {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.
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