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English Dictionary: stained glass by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
stained glass
n
  1. glass that has been colored in some way; used for church windows
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.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      4. 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.
  
      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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