\ ˈtīn How to pronounce tine (audio) \

Definition of tine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slender pointed projecting part : prong
2 : a pointed branch of an antler


tined\ ˈtīnd How to pronounce tine (audio) \ or tint\ ˈtint How to pronounce tine (audio) \; tining\ ˈtī-​niŋ How to pronounce tine (audio) \

Definition of tine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

dialectal British : lose

intransitive verb

dialectal British : to become lost

Other Words from tine


tined \ ˈtīnd How to pronounce tine (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tine in a Sentence

Noun One of the fork's tines was bent.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When the four members of Rage come together there is the potential of a musical explosion every tine that propels the foursome to greatness. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 The 13-pointer is a typical main frame 12 with about a 2-inch claw tine on its left antler. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Nov. 2021 With your other hand, place the bottom tine of the fork under the shell right at the spot the vein appears. Paul Stephen Paul’s Cooking Tips, San Antonio Express-News, 31 May 2021 The tine constellation of Lyra—now rising in the east after dark— is home to the bright summer star Vega, the star that all others are judged by. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Each tine clawed six inches of loamy soil with every revolution, and there were six tines in total. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, 6 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, the broadside opportunity was interrupted by a doe that came crashing through the woods with another buck on her tail, and the double-drop-tine buck joined the pursuit. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 8 Dec. 2020 Sporting 11 scorable points, including a split brow tine, the buck has been taped at 1602/8 gross as a non-typical by Jacob Carter at McCarty Taxidermy. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 5 Dec. 2020 Meat claws vary both in the sharpness of the tines, the number of tines, and the distance between each tine. The Editors, Field & Stream, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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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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6 Apr 2022

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“Tine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tine. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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