stain VERB 1) mark or discolour with something that is not easily removed. 2) damage (someone's or something's reputation). 3) colour with a penetrative dye or chemical.
NOUN 1) a stubborn discoloured patch or dirty mark. 2) a thing that damages a reputation. 3) a dye or chemical used to colour materials. 4) Biology a dye used to colour organic tissue so as to make the structure visible for microscopic examination.
DERIVATIVES stainable adjective stainer noun.
ORIGIN from Old French desteindre 'tinge with a different colour' .

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