tin

noun
\ ˈtin \

Definition of tin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 Chemical Elements Table

2a : a box, can, pan, vessel, or a sheet made of tinplate broadly : such a container of any metal (such as aluminum)

b : a metal container and its contents a tin of tomatoes

tin

verb
tinned; tinning

Definition of tin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or plate with tin or a tin alloy

2 : to put up or pack in tins : can tinned peaches

Definition of TIN (Entry 3 of 3)

taxpayer identification number

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Other words from tin

Noun

tin adjective
tinful \ˈtin-ˌfu̇l \ noun

Synonyms for tin

Synonyms: Noun

barrel, can, canister (also cannister), drum

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Examples of tin in a Sentence

Noun

row upon row of tins containing food for an emergency that never happened

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whereas Ouest’s curved red leather booths conveyed a timeless, uptown glamour, the tin ceiling and worn wood floors at Oxbow seem to aim at shabby chic. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 Across from the tea room is the pantry room, which includes a lovely pressed tin ceiling along with original as well as reproduced items from Cordelia’s 1934 kitchen. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant stays true to its past," 6 June 2018 There’s about 10 cents worth of tin plate steel in this can. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Professor Ross’s Soup-Can Economics," 5 Mar. 2018 Isaac Babcock The gauge is inside a weathered PVC pipe screwed into the wood piling of a tiny tin dock at the end of a trail in the Withlachoochee Gulf Preserve. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 The trade tensions pounded other materials: Zinc, tin and lead fell at least 2%. David Hodari, WSJ, "Metals Slide Deepens as Trade Fears Escalate," 11 July 2018 The walls of the tavern, which has dark brown pressed-tin ceilings and equine silhouettes galloping across every surface, are lined with paintings and ephemera paying homage to Thomas. Jennifer Larue, The Seattle Times, "Soaking up Manhattan’s literary history: A book lover’s bar-hopping guide," 2 July 2018 Maybe Rouda should have waited a bit before shaking his tin cup for the fall campaign. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "California politicians waste no time asking for cash for fall campaign," 7 June 2018 At a small home with a leaking tin roof near Venezuela’s capital, Johandrys Colls proudly shows off two metal crowns with plastic gemstones and nine satin sashes won in local beauty pageants. Washington Post, "In embattled Venezuela, beauty offers ladder out of poverty," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sophisticates use their left hand to hold a fork, tines down, and hold their knife in their right, cutting one bite at a time. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "Techies change the world, but can they choose the right knife and fork?," 3 July 2018 Meanwhile, Sidell is contemplating expansion plans for Back Bay tinned-fish parlor Saltie Girl — no firm locations yet — and working on renovations at the group’s Back Bay and Natick Met locations. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tables: Some big closings in Southie, and welcoming The Wellington," 7 June 2018 Since supplies could run low during a crisis, the leaflet provides checklists of what to stock up on, including mineral water, wet wipes and tinned hummus. Laignee Barron, Time, "Sweden Advises Its Citizens to Prepare Wet Wipes and Tinned Hummus in the Event of War," 22 May 2018 They were invited to England, tined and dined and they their hotels and airlines paid for. Fox News, "Did an administration infiltrate the opposition's campaign?," 26 May 2018 Holy upset! Saltie Girl’s tinned sardines beat Island Creek Oyster Bar’s oysters in the Boston Globe Munch Madness tournament’s Sweet 16 round. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "A Munch Madness upset! Saltie Girl topples Island Creek Oyster Bar," 26 Mar. 2018 The condom tins indeed look like makeup, and now with Urban Outfitter's partnership, hopefully carrying condoms and lube in your purse will become as common as toting around chapstick. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Urban Outfitters Now Sells Condoms and Lube From Brand Lovability," 10 Mar. 2018 Luckily, this is one restaurant trend that's easy to take home, provided you get the right tinned fish. Karen Palmer, Bon Appetit, "The Best Ways to Serve Tinned Fish," 23 Oct. 2017 However, royals eat the Continental way, holding their forks in the left hand, tines down, and the knife in the right. Maria Mercedes Lara, PEOPLE.com, "6 Royal Etiquette Lessons Meghan Markle Must Master If She Becomes a Princess," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tin

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tin

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zin tin

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Financial Definition of TIN

What It Is

Also called an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), a taxpayer identification number (TIN) is a nine-digit number that the IRS uses to identify individuals who do not have and are not required to obtain a Social Security number.

How It Works

TINs always begin with the number 9. Similar to Social Security numbers, TINs take the XXX-XX-XXXX pattern. The fourth and fifth digits always fall in the 70-88, 90-92, and 94-99 ranges. People can apply for a TIN using IRS Form W-7 ("Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number").

TINs are for tax purposes only; they do not replace Social Security numbers, authorize a person to work in the United States, or create eligibility for Social Security or other benefits. The IRS issues TINs regardless of immigration status because people both inside and outside the United States may have tax obligations to the United States under the Internal Revenue Code.

Why It Matters

TINs are not the same as Employer Identification Numbers (EINs). It’s also important to note that TINs are for federal tax purposes; states may have additional identification requirements for taxpayers who do not have Social Security numbers.

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tin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tin

: 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

tin

noun
\ ˈtin \

Kids Definition of tin

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

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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 Chemical Elements Table

Legal Definition of TIN 

taxpayer identification number

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