discoloration

A discoloration is a change in something's color, usually for the worse. A shirt fading is a type of discoloration.

When the color of something gets dingier, duller, or faded, this process is called discoloration. Rust on a car is a type of discoloration. A coffee stain is a type of discoloration. If a person looks green because they're sick, that's a type of discoloration. Most things suffer discoloration over time, because everything ages and fades over time. If you wash a red t-shirt enough times, discoloration might eventually make it pink.

Definitions of discoloration
  1. noun
    the act of changing the natural color of something by making it duller or dingier or unnatural or faded
    synonyms: discolouration
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    type of:
    change of color
    an act that changes the light that something reflects
  2. noun
    a soiled or discolored appearance
    synonyms: discolouration, stain
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    scorch
    a discoloration caused by heat
    bloodstain
    a discoloration caused by blood
    iron mold, iron mould
    a spot caused the staining with rust or ink
    mud stain
    a stain produced by mud
    oil stain
    a stain produced by oil
    tarnish
    discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation
    type of:
    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
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