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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

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Other Words from tin


tin adjective
tinful \ ˈtin-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tinful (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 The raccoons managed to knock over a computer, knock over some papers and break into a tin of cookies in the staff break room. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Raccoons break into Redwood City bank, caught with paws in cookie tin," 22 Oct. 2020 In the Renaissance, Italians began developing techniques for making flatter glass, and in 1507 hit upon a combo of covering the back of the glass with mercury and tin to produce startlingly clear mirrors. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Original Selfie Craze Was the Mirror," 21 Oct. 2020 Other base metals have also been setting new highs, with tin on the LME on Tuesday reaching a 15-month closing high of $18,555 a metric ton, and nickel closing at $15,822 a metric ton—its highest point in nearly a year. Will Horner, WSJ, "Aluminum Prices Surge as Chinese Demand Accelerates," 20 Oct. 2020 The basic aluminum tin is elegant, simple and fully recyclable (or, even better, reusable). Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Sustainable Innovation Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 To the average visitor, Pennsylvania’s Sewickley Tavern looks like a typical American pub, decorated with dark wood and tin ceilings. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "To win customers’ trust, restaurants are paying to improve ventilation," 19 Oct. 2020 These depict surrealist collages of everyday items — a belt from Johnson’s childhood, an open tin of sardines, a tube of Vagisil from the artist’s medicine cabinet — that seem newly symbolic during this time of quarantine and distancing. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "In a West Dallas gallery, artist Tamara Johnson harnesses the power of goo," 15 Oct. 2020 Perhaps the secret to great brows isn’t genetics or steady hands, but a little tiny tin of styling soap. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "I’ve Tried Every Brow Product Out There—This One Is the Best," 14 Oct. 2020 Before ovens became more common in Indian kitchens, the dish was cooked in heavy tin boxes on a stove, giving the recipe its name. TheWeek, "The many pastas of India," 10 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pick a protein Bring on the deli meats (salami! prosciutto! mortadella!) and tinned fish (anchovies! octopus! mussels escabeche!), and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Snack Plates Are the Low-Key Dinner Strategy We Need Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020 Boxes of Jose Gourmet tinned seafood, also called conservas. Los Angeles Times, "A critic’s favorite hack for a quick meal at home," 4 Apr. 2020 Peter Jones/via REUTERS Brits, like just about everyone these days, are stripping supermarket shelves bare of everything from loo roll to tinned food. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Paper currency is one of the few things Brits aren’t hoarding," 27 Mar. 2020 At its most essential, this soup can be made with noting but butter, onion and tinned tomatoes. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Easy Pantry Tomato Soup," 25 Mar. 2020 Rice, oats, canned tomatoes, tinned fish — all ran low at many Bay Area grocery stores last weekend as shoppers contemplated the spread of the coronavirus. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "What to expect at Bay Area grocery stores this weekend: Don’t panic!," 6 Mar. 2020 These include bread, potatoes, pickles, tinned fruit, UHT milk, wound disinfectants, painkillers, toilet paper, and soap. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Germans taking part in coronavirus panic-hoarding are doing a “Hamsterkauf”," 2 Mar. 2020 For a no-brainer appetizer, spread it on fat slices of toast and top with high-quality tinned sardines. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "Homemade Chile Butter Gives Any Meal a Whole New Lewk," 27 Dec. 2019 Kimmel’s from-scratch version features colorful fresh green beans that are baked in a homemade white sauce that tastes cleaner than the 1950s tinned three-can combo. oregonlive, "29 Thanksgiving side dish recipes, including 3 must-have green bean casseroles," 20 Nov. 2019

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

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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

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Legal Definition of TIN

taxpayer identification number

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