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1tin

noun \ˈtin\

: a soft, shiny, bluish-white metal that has many different uses

: a container or plate made of metal

: a decorative metal box with a cover or lid

Full Definition of TIN

1
:  a soft faintly bluish-white lustrous low-melting crystalline metallic element that is malleable and ductile at ordinary temperatures and that is used especially in containers, as a protective coating, in tinfoil, and in soft solders and alloys — see element table
2
a :  a box, can, pan, vessel, or a sheet made of tinplate; broadly :  such a container of any metal (as aluminum)
b :  a metal container and its contents <a tin of tomatoes>
tin adjective
tin·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of TIN

  1. <row upon row of tins containing food for an emergency that never happened>

Origin of TIN

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zin tin
First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with TIN

2tin

transitive verb
tinnedtin·ning

Definition of TIN

1
:  to cover or plate with tin or a tin alloy
2
:  to put up or pack in tins :  can <tinned peaches>

First Known Use of TIN

14th century

TIN

abbreviation

Definition of TIN

taxpayer identification number
TINFUL Defined for Kids

tin

noun \ˈtin\

Definition of TIN for Kids

1
:  a soft bluish white metallic chemical element used chiefly in combination with other metals or as a coating to protect other metals
2
:  something (as a can or sheet) made from tinplate <a tin of cookies>
Medical Dictionary

tin

noun \ˈtin\

Medical Definition of TIN

:  a soft faintly bluish white lustrous low-melting crystalline metallic element that is malleable and ductile at ordinary temperatures and that is used as a protective coating, in tinfoil, and in soft solders and alloys—symbol Sn; see element table

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