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tine

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noun \ˈtīn\

Simple Definition of tine

  • : one of the thin, pointed parts on a fork

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tine

  1. 1 :  a slender pointed projecting part :  prong

  2. 2 :  a pointed branch of an antler

tined play \ˈtīnd\ adjective

Examples of tine in a sentence

  1. One of the fork's tines was bent.



Origin of tine

Middle English tind, from Old English; akin to Old High German zint point, tine


First Known Use: before 12th century


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tine

verb

Definition of tine

tined play \ˈtīnd\ or tint play \ˈtint\ tining play \ˈtī-niŋ\

dial British

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  lose

  3. intransitive verb
  4. dial British :  to become lost



Origin of tine

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tȳna to lose, destroy, tjōn injury, loss — more at teen


First Known Use: 13th century


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