\ˈtīn \

Definition of tine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slender pointed projecting part : prong

2 : a pointed branch of an antler


tined\ˈtīnd \ or tint\ˈtint \; tining\ˈtī-​niŋ \

Definition of tine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

dialectal British : lose

intransitive verb

dialectal British : to become lost

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tined \ˈtīnd \ adjective

Examples of tine in a Sentence


One of the fork's tines was bent.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tines start turning dirt, wheeling through the earth like ninja throwing stars. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Year of the Tractor," 7 May 2016 The mbira consists of a set of steel tines suspended over a sound box. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018 Split four of the English muffins by deeply pricking them along the horizontal seam with the tines of a dinner fork. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "The Only Cheeseburger Recipe You'll Ever Need," 7 June 2012 Use the tines of a fork to dock the floor of the dough in several places. Rebecca Powers, chicagotribune.com, "A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level," 19 June 2018 Use the tines of a fork to make a decorative edge at the seam. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018 Once all the grass and weeds are dried, rototill with a rear-tine tiller to pulverize the soil. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Overgrown shrubs? Thinning turfgrass? Here are solutions to common gardening struggles," 13 June 2018 Ender Inciarte grounded a shot off Gennett glove to score two and tine at 7-all. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Not routine but the Cincinnati Reds win 9-7 on Scooter Gennett's walk-off in the 12th inning," 24 Apr. 2018 The bus tires ran over the rake's handle instead of the tines, said McNutt. Fox News, "Nebraska county official apologizes for tossing rake at bus," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of tine


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for tine


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


Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tȳna to lose, destroy, tjōn injury, loss — more at teen entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of tine

: one of the thin, pointed parts on a fork

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