Meaning of TIN in English

TIN

/ tɪn; NAmE / noun

1.

[ U ] ( symb Sn ) a chemical element. Tin is a soft silver-white metal that is often mixed with other metals or used to cover them to prevent them from rusting :

a tin mine

a tin box

2.

[ C ] (also ˌtin ˈcan ) (both BrE ) (also can NAmE , BrE ) tin (of sth) a metal container in which food and drink is sold; the contents of one of these containers :

a tin of beans

Next, add two tins of tomatoes.

3.

[ C ] ( BrE ) (also can NAmE , BrE ) tin (of sth) a metal container with a lid, in the shape of a cylinder , in which paint, glue, etc. is sold and stored; the contents of one of these containers :

a tin of varnish

The bedroom needed three tins of paint (= in order to paint it) .

4.

[ C ] a metal container with a lid used for keeping food in :

a biscuit / cake / cookie tin

5.

[ C ] ( BrE ) ( NAmE pan ) a metal container used for cooking food in :

a cake tin

IDIOMS

- (it) does (exactly) what it says on the tin

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tin and German Zinn .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.