- a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.
Origin of tine
Examples from the Web for tines
Some very early forks have survived with four prongs (or “tines”), others with three, and a greater number with two.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
Press the tines of the fork into the bottom and the sides to dock the pastry.Leftover Makeovers
November 26, 2008
Like the tines of a digging-fork, his fingers sank into the ground.
Hey, but ye should see the tines on the het of a bonnie ret-teer!Steve Young
George Manville Fenn
Atter us all sot free I just changed my name to 'Tines' an' dats what I been goin' by for nigh on to ninety years.
They told of the accident, but did not mention Mr. Tines and his companion.
I—er—I think we had better be getting on, Mr. Tines, the lady said, at length.
- a slender prong, esp of a fork
- any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
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.
- 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.