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[tahyn] /taɪn/
a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.
Also, especially British, tyne.
Origin of tine
late Middle English
before 900; late Middle English tyne, Middle English tind, Old English; cognate with Old High German zint, Old Norse tindr
Related forms
tined, adjective Unabridged
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a slender prong, esp of a fork
any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
Derived Forms
tined, 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.

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tine in Medicine

tine (tīn)

  1. The slender pointed end of an instrument, such as an explorer used in dentistry.

  2. An instrument usually containing several individual prongs and used to introduce antigen, such as tuberculin, into the skin.

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