- short for tinplate.
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
- chiefly Britishanother term for tin can.she had opened a tin of beans
verb (tins, tinning, tinned /tind/)[with object]
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tin and German Zinn