- 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
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- a slender prong, esp of a fork
- any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
Old English tind; related to Old Norse tindr, Old High German zint
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Word Origin and History for tined
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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- The slender pointed end of an instrument, such as an explorer used in dentistry.
- An instrument usually containing several individual prongs and used to introduce antigen, such as tuberculin, into the skin.
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