\ 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

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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 Each tine clawed six inches of loamy soil with every revolution, and there were six tines in total. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Great Garden Fence," 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, "The Best Bucks of November 2020," 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, "Grandma’s still got it: 80-year-old woman shoots buck from kitchen while making lunch," 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, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying Meat Claws," 22 Sep. 2020 Some say early rains promote antler mass but later rains build tine length. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The Keys to Deer Antler Growth," 26 Mar. 2020 Those tines curl around a bowl that can hold soft ice cream, better than, for example, those flat wooden paddles that come with some ice cream cups. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Guests want to dictate menu," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of tine was before the 12th century

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12 Mar 2021

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“Tine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tine. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tine

: one of the thin, pointed parts on a fork

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