tin

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noun

1
: a soft faintly bluish-white lustrous low-melting crystalline metallic element with atomic number 50 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
often used before another noun
tin cans
a tin roof
see Chemical Elements Table
2
plural tins
a
: 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
tin adjective
tinful noun

tin

2 of 3

verb

tinned; tinning

transitive verb

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

TIN

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abbreviation

taxpayer identification number

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
Aching Head Rub in half-ounce metal tins with lot Nos. 326070 and 420140; and 1-ounce glass jars with lot Nos. 322030, 321230, 329230, 321240, 329170, 328280, 326090, 322290, 327021, 323121, 327221, 429210, 424130 and 427050. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 7 July 2024 Workers save pieces of a tin fence that was blown apart as Hurricane Beryl passed through Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 4 July 2024
Verb
Published on June 20, 2024 Francisco Nogueira For decades, American travelers skipped the tile and tinned fish capital of Europe for the glitz and glam of the Med. Katie Jackson, Robb Report, 20 June 2024 So the cheeses, charcuterie, and tinned and cured fish turn into a meal. Kendyl Kearly, Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tin 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tin

1 of 2 noun
1
: a soft shiny bluish white metallic element that is used in combination with other metals, as a protective coating, and in tinfoil see element
2
a
: a container made of metal (as tinplate)
a pie tin
b
: a sealed can holding food
tin adjective

tin

2 of 2 verb
tinned; tinning
1
: to cover or plate with tin or a mixture of tin with another metal
2
: to put up or pack in tins : can

Medical Definition

tin

noun
: 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

TIN

abbreviation
taxpayer identification number

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