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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stained p. pr. & vb. n. Staining.]
 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 processes 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 ornamental 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 to 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: (histology) the use of a dye to color specimens for
           microscopic study
      2: the act of spotting or staining something [syn: spotting,