Definition of tin in English:

tin

Syllabification: tin

noun

1A silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 50. (Symbol: Sn)
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  • By the late 16th century Acheh had reduced the power of Johore and controlled much of Sumatra and Malaya, deriving its wealth from pepper and tin.
  • Some of it they gamble on the price of tin, or the dollar going down, or whether there'll be floods in Asia.
  • It had blamed the illegal miners for causing a drop in the international price of tin.
1.1 short for tinplate.
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  • Using lighter material such as plywood, acrylic sheet, tin, stainless steel and cloth has also made transportation easier.
  • I like the leg room, and I demand a car made of steel, not tin.
  • Instead most graves are marked with a steel stake and a piece of rusting tin bearing a number.
1.2British informal dated Money.
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  • I didn't really have the proper tin to do it in, so made it in a long flat baking dish and it came out more like a Quorn sausage sponge cake, which is not necessarily a good thing.

Tin is quite a rare element, occurring chiefly in the mineral cassiterite. Pure crystalline tin exists in two allotropic modifications, the metallic form (white tin), and a semimetallic form (gray tin). It is used in various alloys, notably bronze, and for electroplating iron or steel sheets to make tinplate

2A metal container, in particular.
2.1chiefly British another term for tin can. she had opened a tin of beans
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  • Not only did the first division leaders pick him up on a free, but rather than superstar wages he's happy with a bowl of milk and a tin of cat food.
  • Not only was the room in a filthy state, the food cupboard contained just a tin of mushy peas, baked beans and corned beef.
  • I can empty a tin of cat food into a bowl, give a dog a bone, but never, ever, have I let any sort of animal eat out of my hand.
2.2A lidded airtight container made of tinplate or aluminum: Albert got out the cookie tin
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  • You never see them scurrying to school, as we did, with baskets and biscuit tins containing ingredients.
  • There were bags of flour on the floor, lumps of doughs on chairs, bottles of fruit and nuts in boxes, and towers of biscuit tins and cookie-making things in doorways.
  • The base of his motor was a tea chest, a biscuit tin housed the projection lamp, scanning discs were cut from cardboard, and he also utilised four-penny cycle lenses.
2.3chiefly British An open metal container for baking food: grease a loaf tin
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  • Grease the tin and line with baking parchment, then arrange the quince quarters over the base.
  • Spoon into lightly greased muffin tins and bake at 200 degrees C for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Grease a loaf tin with plenty of butter and press the mixture in.

verb (tins, tinning, tinned /tind/)

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Cover with a thin layer of tin: the copper pans are tinned inside
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  • She began the third game by tinning another of the backhand drop shots that her heretofore served her so well, and just like that Kitchen seized that small opening and wedged it much wider by racing off with five quick points.
  • I tinned some small speaker wires, but found that soldering and splicing wires is questionable depending on the size of the wire.
  • These alloys can be tinned although some compositions are more suitable than others.

Origin

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

Phrases

have a tin ear

Be tone-deaf.
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  • Add to this that I have a tin ear for US politics, and my qualifications for commenting on last week's election, and giving my liberal friends tips on how to warm their eggs and suckle their young are complete.
  • Cool, unless you have a tin ear or prefer pottery.
  • But when it comes to portraying certain American cultural expressions, the BBC seems to have a tin ear.

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