noun \ˈtīn\

: one of the thin, pointed parts on a fork

Full Definition of TINE

:  a slender pointed projecting part :  prong
:  a pointed branch of an antler
tined \ˈtīnd\ adjective

Examples of TINE

  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


tined \ˈtīnd\ or tint \ˈtint\ tin·ing \ˈtī-niŋ\

Definition of TINE

transitive verb
dial British
:  lose
intransitive verb
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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