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  1. a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.
Also especially British, tyne.

Origin of tine

before 900; late Middle English tyne, Middle English tind, Old English; cognate with Old High German zint, Old Norse tindr
Related formstined, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tine

Historical Examples

  • To "tine a darg," is to lose a day's work: you have arrived too late.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • If I were made of iron, at this tine I could write no more.'


    Marcus Aurelius

  • "I see you have a tine with you," said Mr. Mack, looking at the tine I carried.

  • It would be better to sit down quietly and look upward to tine sky.

  • A tine gallop of grass sward led to the pound, and over this I went, cheered with as merry a cry as ever stirred a light heart.

British Dictionary definitions for tine


  1. a slender prong, esp of a fork
  2. any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
Derived Formstined, adjective

Word Origin

Old English tind; related to Old Norse tindr, Old High German zint
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Word Origin and History for tine


Old English tind, a general Germanic word (cf. Old High German zint "sharp point, spike," Old Norse tindr "tine, point, top, summit," German Zinne "pinnacle"), of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tine in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. The act or practice of refraining from indulgence in an appetite, as for certain foods, drink, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or sex.
Related formsabsti•nent adj.
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