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A coloured patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove
“If the shirt has cycled through the dryer, the stain may be more difficult to remove.”
A blemish on one's character or reputation
“It is a story of savage in-fighting which has left a bloody stain on the club's reputation.”
A penetrative dye or chemical used in colouring a material or object
“The owners painted the ceiling off-white and applied a stain to the rustic beams to make them look like driftwood.”
Mark or discolour with something that is not easily removed
“Some foods can stain teeth, as of course can smoking.”
To affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
“Indeed, he moaned so constantly during the journey, sitting as he was on a rusty stool, so as to permanently stain his reputation as a man.”
To give color or a different color to
“A technique biologists use to stain proteins.”
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