- to coat (iron or steel sheet) with tin.
Origin of tin-plate
First recorded in 1885–90
- thin iron or steel sheet coated with tin.
Origin of tin plate
First recorded in 1670–80
Also called tin.
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Examples from the Web for tin-plate
You know that there is hardly a tin-plate in camp, and boards are not to be had.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals
William H. Armstrong
One worked at a mackintosh warehouse, the other, I think, at tin-plate.Glimpses into the Abyss
This mark may be perceived on every tin-plate in the market.
For a while its front was smooth and rounded, like the rim of a tin-plate.Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
Under the tariff law of 1909 the duty on tin-plate was one and two-tenths cents for each pound.
- thin steel sheet coated with a layer of tin that protects the steel from corrosion
- (tr) to coat (a metal or object) with a layer of tin, usually either by electroplating or by dipping in a bath of molten tin