[ tin-ing ]
/ ˈtɪn ɪŋ /


the act or technique of coating with tin.
the act or technique of coating with soft solder.
Chiefly British. the process, technique, or business of preserving or packing foodstuffs in tins; canning.


Origin of tinning

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at tin, -ing1

Definition for tinning (2 of 2)


[ tin ]
/ tɪn /



verb (used with object), tinned, tin·ning.

Origin of tin

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, Old Norse tin, German Zinn; (v.) Middle English tinnen, derivative of the noun

Related forms

tin·like, adjectivere·tin, verb (used with object), re·tinned, re·tin·ning.
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British Dictionary definitions for tinning


/ (tɪn) /


verb tins, tinning or tinned (tr)

Derived Forms

tinlike, adjective

Word Origin for tin

Old English; related to Old Norse tin, Old High German zin
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Medicine definitions for tinning


[ tĭn ]

n. Symbol Sn

A malleable metallic element used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. Atomic number 50.
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Science definitions for tinning


[ tĭn ]


A malleable, silvery metallic element that occurs in igneous rocks. It has a crystalline structure and crackles when bent. Tin is used as an anticorrosion agent and is a part of numerous alloys, including bronze. Atomic number 50; atomic weight 118.71; melting point 231.89°C; boiling point 2,270°C; specific gravity 7.31; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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