Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun staining

2 senses of staining

Sense 1
staining -- ((histology) the use of a dye to color specimens for microscopic study)
       => dyeing -- (the use of dye to change the color of something permanently)

Sense 2
staining, spotting, maculation -- (the act of spotting or staining something)
       => soiling, soilure, dirtying -- (the act of soiling something)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb stain

4 senses of stain

Sense 1
stain -- (color with a liquid dye or tint; "Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages")
       => dye -- (color with dye; "Please dye these shoes")

Sense 2
stain -- (produce or leave stains; "Red wine stains the table cloth")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 3
tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile -- (make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man")
       => spot, fleck, blob, blot -- (make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth")

Sense 4
stain -- (color for microscopic study; "The laboratory worker dyed the specimen")
       => dye -- (color with dye; "Please dye these shoes")

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