- a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.
Origin of tine
Examples from the Web for tine
To "tine a darg," is to lose a day's work: you have arrived too late.The Proverbs of Scotland
If I were made of iron, at this tine I could write no more.'Meditations
"I see you have a tine with you," said Mr. Mack, looking at the tine I carried.What Happened to Inger Johanne
It would be better to sit down quietly and look upward to tine sky.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
A tine gallop of grass sward led to the pound, and over this I went, cheered with as merry a cry as ever stirred a light heart.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- a slender prong, esp of a fork
- any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
Word Origin and History for tine
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.
- 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.