tin can


: a can made of tinplate
broadly : can sense 1a

Examples of tin can in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sheet that had been covering me was sopping wet and smelled strangely of my body, tin cans, and cayenne pepper. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 24 Apr. 2024 The tin can easily be reused to store small items like a sewing kit, small toys, or Christmas cards. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 20 Oct. 2022 The day is large and sharp, like the edges of tin cans. Anne Carson, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 In one California facility, staff tried to secure a broken door with trash bags and a tin can. Steven Rich, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 Their next driving song will probably have tin cans dangling off the getaway car’s bumper. Vulture, 29 Nov. 2023 To imagine why these issues arise, picture yourself in a tin can with a small crew, a deadly environment outside, a monotonous schedule, an unnatural daytime-nighttime cycle and mission controllers constantly on your case. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2023 Every day is harder than the last, a Gazan woman reports through a tin can transmitter. Zackary Drucker, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 From homemade ones cobbled together from tree branches and rubber bands to wrist rockets and more, no tin can or soda bottle was safe. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tin can was in 1770

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“Tin can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin%20can. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

tin can

: a container for food made of metal (as tinplate or aluminum)

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