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’|Bee Wilson|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Press the tines of the fork into the bottom and the sides to dock the pastry.
The lower prong of this fork may be either simple, or divided into two or three tines, with some flattening.
I'll bet you I'll hit two eggs right and left, nine tines out of ten, as often as you like to throw them up.
Spoons are laid on the table with the hollow of the bowl up, and forks with the ends of the tines up.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping|Elizabeth Hale Gilman
It was arrayed in a full-dress suit, and Professor Tines, coming out a moment later, beheld his missing garments.The Rival Pitchers|Lester Chadwick
The fork should be placed at the left of the plate with the tines turned up, and one inch from the edge of the table.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools|Ministry of Education Ontario
British Dictionary definitions for tines
Word Origin for tine
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.