Meaning of TIN in English


I. ˈtin noun

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

Date: before 12th century

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 element table


a. : a box, can, pan, vessel, or a sheet made of tinplate ; broadly : such a container of any metal (as aluminum)

b. : a metal container and its contents

a tin of tomatoes

• tin adjective

• tin·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

II. transitive verb

( tinned ; tin·ning )

Date: 14th century

1. : to cover or plate with tin or a tin alloy

2. : to put up or pack in tins : can

tinned peaches

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