Origin of tine
Examples from the Web for tines
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of tines
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.
Word Origin 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.