verb (used with object), tinned, tin·ning.
- to cover or coat with tin.
- to coat with soft solder.
Origin of tin
Related Words for tinbox, container, parcel, packet, kit, bag, bottle, bucket, jar, package, canister, gold, metal, iron, platinum, mineral, load, crate, sack, entity
Examples from the Web for tin
Contemporary Examples of tin
The raw materials— tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold—were dubbed “conflict minerals.”Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
One and all, they come shaking their tin cups at election time then run like the wind when a critical vote comes up.How the Lame Democrats Blew It
November 5, 2014
“I have personally been to gold recyclers in Japan, tin smelters in Indonesia and fold refiners in Canada,” she said.
In China, for example, tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold are mined and ore is imported from other countries.
I had to retrieve the tin from a special compacter before it was crushed, an exercise in timing.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
Historical Examples of tin
Then he tossed his tin dishes away and they fell clattering on the rocks.Way of the Lawless
A tin cup and a cracked pitcher of spring water stood on the window-sill.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The cooking was done in a tin basin on the top of the hot stove.In the Midst of Alarms
On top of the barrel was a tin coffeepot, a china cup, and half a loaf of bread.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I played with clay gods and goddesses instead of tin soldiers.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
verb tins, tinning or tinned (tr)
Word Origin for tin
Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tinom (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch tin, Old High German zin, German Zinn, Old Norse tin), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.
Other Indo-European languages often have separate words for "tin" as a raw metal and "tin plate;" e.g. French étain, fer-blanc. Pliny refers to tin as plumbum album "white lead," and for centuries it was regarded as a form of silver debased by lead.
The chemical symbol Sn is from Late Latin stannum (see stannic). Tin-type in photography is from 1864. Tin ear "lack of musical discernment" is from 1909. Tin Lizzie "early Ford, especially a Model T," first recorded 1915.