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[tahy-nee] /ˈtaɪ ni/
adjective, tinier, tiniest.
very small; minute; wee.
Origin of tiny
late Middle English
1590-1600; late Middle English tine very small (< ?) + -y1
Related forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
little, diminutive, teeny. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tiny
  • Small fragments cannot be treated in the same way, as they are often too tiny to be connected with metal hardware.
  • Flowers tiny, narrow, red bells in small clusters along branch tips.
  • Often the singer keeps time with a pair of tiny bells and a small clapper in his hand.
  • Water vapour condenses to form thousands of tiny water droplets which scatter light.
  • The millions of tiny polyps that compose the coral ensnare and devour tiny organisms.
  • tiny beachfront lot accommodates plenty of outdoor living.
  • Annoyingly tiny fridges may not be restricted to hotels or dorm rooms much longer.
  • Space-industry belt-tightening and ever shrinking technology are combining to give tiny satellites a big future, scientists say.
  • Bandits are tiny bungee cords with a built-in plastic hook.
  • Scientists are using transmitters the size of three or four grains of rice, powered by a tiny hearing-aid battery, to track bees.
British Dictionary definitions for tiny


adjective tinier, tiniest
very small; minute
Derived Forms
tinily, adverb
tininess, noun
Word Origin
C16 tine, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tiny

c.1400, tyne "very small," perhaps from tine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tiny in Technology

1. A language which provides concurrency through message-passing to named message queues.
2. A tool written by Michael Wolfe at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science &amp; Technology for examining array data dependence algorithms and program transformations for scientific computations.
Extended Tiny was used to implement the Omega test. Michael Wolfe has also made extensions to his version of tiny.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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