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taint

EN[teɪnt] [-eɪnt]
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WTaint
  • Taint may refer to:
  • a wine fault, such as cork taint, ladybird taint or phenolic taint, producing undesirable odors or tastes in bottled wine; especially spoilage that can only be detected after opening the bottle
  • Contamination, the presence of a minor and unwanted element (a contaminant)
  • Infection, the colonization of a host organism by parasites
  • Perineum, the region of the human anatomy between the genitals and the anus
  • Taint (legal), the quality of illegally obtained court evidence
  • Taint checking, a feature of some programming languages that prevents unauthorized users from remotely executing commands on a computer

    Definition of taint in English Dictionary

  • NounPLtaints
    1. A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food.
      1. A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character; blemish.
        1. OBS tincture; hue; colour.
          1. OBS infection; corruption; deprivation.
            1. He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. — Macaulay.
          2. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
            1. An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
              1. SLA The perineum.
              2. VerbSGtaintsPRtaintingPT, PPtainted
                1. VT To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
                  1. VT To spoil (food) by contamination.
                    1. VT To be infected or corrupted; to be touched by something corrupting.
                      1. VT To be affected with incipient putrefaction.
                        1. Meat soon taints in warm weather.
                      2. VT To damage, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
                        1. VT To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
                          1. VI To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
                          2. Contraction
                            1. Alternative spelling of 'taint.
                            • Word Lists (This word is listed in the following word lists)
                              1. Wiktionary : Frequency lists 10001-20000
                              2. SCOWL (And Friends) : Alan Beale, 12dicts 4.0 Compiled from 3 ESL Dictionaries
                            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                              1. Nouns
                                • Countable nouns
                                • Verbs
                                  • Intransitive verbs
                                    • Transitive verbs

                                  Other Vocabulary

                                  Look-Alike Words
                                  1. en faint
                                  2. en paint
                                  3. en saint
                                  4. fr saint
                                  5. en tint
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                                  3. en tainter
                                  4. en taintest
                                  5. en tainteth
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                                  Grammatically, this word "taint" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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