1. glass that has been colored in some way
; used for church windows
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stain \Stain\ (st[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stained
(st[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Staining.] [Abbrev. fr.
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
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.
4. To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
She stains the ripest virgins of her age. --Beau. &
That did all other beasts in beauty stain.
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;
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: glass that has been colored in some way; used for church