tin·​foil | \ˈtin-ˌfȯi(-ə)l \

Definition of tinfoil 

: a paper-thin metal sheeting usually of aluminum or tin-lead alloy

Examples of tinfoil in a Sentence

Wrap the leftover food in tinfoil.

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It’s more about just sort of limiting the attack surface, as opposed to deciding to just cover everything in tinfoil. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Your phone is not secretly spying on your conversations. It doesn’t need to.," 20 July 2018 An orange candy wrapped in tinfoil and left in a car for most of an afternoon. Caity Weaver, GQ, "A Review of the Delirious New Diet Coke Flavors," 23 Jan. 2018 These were the dark days of telephone booths (and long distance charges), rabbit-ear TV antennas wrapped with tinfoil to enhance reception, and cameras with flashcubes perched on top. Southern Living, "6 Places Southerners Went to Be "In the Know" Before Facebook," 2 July 2018 When the crane comes from the oven, peel off the tinfoil and the feathered skin. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Sandhill cranes make their annual short and noisy Interior Alaska stopover," 7 May 2018 Officers asked to search the vehicle and found several syringes with fluid in them and tinfoil with a powdery substance, police said. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Cash drawer stolen from Northbrook salon," 1 May 2018 Everybody out there who's got issues, everybody who has got their tinfoil hat on that the white helmets did it, and Russia said the British did the chemical attack. Fox News, "What does the US accomplish by striking Syria?," 13 Apr. 2018 Emily Fightmaster takes the stage in full tinfoil garb, belting out a hopeful tune as a gender-neutral alien. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Second City E.T.C.’s Gaslight District examines the perils of living in the age of alternative facts," 11 Apr. 2018 On Tuesday night, Sean Hannity went into full tinfoil-hat mode, declaiming that the plot against Trump is nothing short of staggering: This ... is so much bigger than Watergate. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Trump’s Cult of Personality Takes Paranoia to the Next Level," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tinfoil

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tinfoil

: a thin sheet of shiny metal that is used especially for cooking or storing food


tin·​foil | \ˈtin-ˌfȯil \

Kids Definition of tinfoil

: a thin metal sheeting usually of aluminum or an alloy of tin and lead

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