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Definition of tin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a soft faintly bluish-white lustrous low-melting crystalline metallic element that is malleable and ductile at ordinary temperatures and that is used especially in containers, as a protective coating, in tinfoil, and in soft solders and alloys — see Chemical Elements Table
2a : a box, can, pan, vessel, or a sheet made of tinplate broadly : such a container of any metal (such as aluminum)
b : a metal container and its contents a tin of tomatoes


tinned; tinning

Definition of tin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or plate with tin or a tin alloy
2 : to put up or pack in tins : can tinned peaches

Definition of TIN (Entry 3 of 3)

taxpayer identification number

Other Words from tin


tin adjective
tinful \ ˈtin-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce TIN (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for tin

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tin in a Sentence

Noun row upon row of tins containing food for an emergency that never happened
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now the government seeks their homes, temporary bamboo hutments with tin roofs. Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2021 Yeidi Sierra, then 5, was sleeping in house No. 10, with a dirt floor, no running water or electricity, and a tin roof fashioned from scraps. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 Amongst them is Siem’s mother, Clodine, who, at 57, has lived her entire adult life here in a small concrete structure with a tin roof. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 Mix up a batch of brownie batter, portion it into a muffin tin, and bake as directed. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 21 May 2021 Each recipe makes enough for 12 tassies, and can be baked in either a 12- or 24-cup mini muffin tin. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Combine all the ingredients in a shaking tin with ice and shake and strain over fresh ice. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2021 In this game each player received a tin with a brittle circular honeycomb pancake. Erik Kain, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 Store cookies in an airtight tin for up to six weeks. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add IPA to tin, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a grapefruit peel. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2021 From motorcycles in India to tin in Malaysia, Forbes Asia holds fast to its long-term commitment to covering Asia’s rise in the global business community. Justin Doebele, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Chicken includes hen; masculine has two: male and man; and container holds can and tin. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Aug. 2021 That Altoids tin with just a bunch of, like, random pills in it, like candy? Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 29 July 2021 And a sharp rise in commodity prices, from copper to tin to lumber, on surging demand from a rebounding China and the U.S., could help producers across Africa and Latin America post strong economic growth and repair beleaguered public finances. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, 18 May 2021 Most of her business marketing has been via word of mouth, or occasionally when someone is specifically looking for a coppersmith for their custom project or a tinsmith to re-tin their copper cookware. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Strip the wires on both ends of each of the speaker cables and tin the two wires on one end of each speaker cable. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2021 Ormolu is an alloy of copper, zinc and sometimes tin, cast into decorative shapes and gilded with a fine gold-mercury mixture. oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of tin


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tin


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zin tin

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English Language Learners Definition of tin

: a soft, shiny, bluish-white metal that has many different uses
: a container or plate made of metal
: a decorative metal box with a cover or lid


\ ˈtin How to pronounce tin (audio) \

Kids Definition of tin

1 : a soft bluish white metallic chemical element used chiefly in combination with other metals or as a coating to protect other metals
2 : something (as a can or sheet) made from tinplate a tin of cookies


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Medical Definition of tin

: a soft faintly bluish white lustrous low-melting crystalline metallic element that is malleable and ductile at ordinary temperatures and that is used as a protective coating, in tinfoil, and in soft solders and alloys symbol Sn — see Chemical Elements Table



Legal Definition of TIN

taxpayer identification number

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