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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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  • The extreme number of tines a hart was supposed to bear was thirty-two.

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • I—er—I think we had better be getting on, Mr. tines, the lady said, at length.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • “If I were you I would make them put everything exactly as they found it,” interrupted Mr. tines, severely.

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • Professor tines had gained his point, however, and was satisfied.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • He did not even refer to the subject again, though Professor tines was seen in excited conversation with him.

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • Now it so happened that Professor tines was just leaving the dormitory.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • This may be done by fluting the edge with the fingers or, as shown in Fig. 10, making marks with the tines of a fork.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Andys foot caught in its tines, dragged, tripped, and the boy went flat to the ground.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
British Dictionary definitions for tines


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 tines



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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tines 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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