[ tahyn ]
/ taɪn /


a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.


Nearby words

  1. tindal, matthew,
  2. tindal, william,
  3. tinder,
  4. tinderbox,
  5. tindery,
  6. tine test,
  7. tinea,
  8. tinea barbae,
  9. tinea capitis,
  10. tinea corporis

Also especially British, tyne.

Origin of tine

before 900; late Middle English tyne, Middle English tind, Old English; cognate with Old High German zint, Old Norse tindr

Related formstined, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tines


/ (taɪn) /


a slender prong, esp of a fork
any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
Derived Formstined, adjective

Word Origin for tine

Old English tind; related to Old Norse tindr, Old High German zint

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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.

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Medicine definitions for tines


[ tīn ]


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.

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