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noun Chiefly British.
  1. tine.


  1. a river in NE England, in Northumberland, flowing E into the North Sea. About 30 miles (48 km) long.


  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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Historical Examples

  • Quincys, Nortons, Tynes, all shook their heads emphatically.

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    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • The most of Tynes' men, soon after joined Gen. Marion, and fought bravely.

  • Tynes had collected a second force, and, penetrating the forests of Black river, was approaching the camp of our partisan.

    The Life of Francis Marion

    William Gilmore Simms

  • The antlers of the Hart are Attires, their branches are Tynes; and they are said to be attired of their antlers.

  • Mony tynes the half-mark whinger (for the halfe pennie whang).

British Dictionary definitions for tynes


  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


  1. a river in N England, flowing east to the North Sea. Length: 48 km (30 miles)
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Word Origin and History for tynes



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

tynes 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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