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  • v  color with a liquid dye or tint
  • v  produce or leave stains
  • v  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
  • v  color for microscopic study
  • a  marked or dyed or discolored with foreign matter
    a badly stained tablecloth
    tear-stained cheeks
  • s  having a coating of stain or varnish

  • As the stained-dress story was bouncing and morphing about, there were also reports of another Lewinsky dress.
  • Last week a stanch Presbyterian displayed two stained glass windows, designed for the National Cathedral, and executed with the simple, wholehearted reverence of the Gothic 13th .
  • In Renaissance stained glass, made by painters rather than glaziers, the design may be drawn as freely as the artist desires.
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  • John McCain in MSNBC
    We both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still have the power to wound,...
  • Tom Dart in Los Angeles Times
    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said children "were playing on a swing set just 10 feet away from a vicious fighting dog and blood-stained floors. . . . To be engaged in this sort of activity is disturbing enough, but to take a chance with anybody's...
  • Steny Hoyer in Reuters
    There is no doubt our international reputation has suffered and been stained as a result,Hoyer told colleagues.

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