Chemistry. a low-melting, malleable, ductile metallic element nearly approaching silver in color and luster: used in plating and in making alloys, tinfoil, and soft solders. Symbol: Sn; atomic weight: 118.69; atomic number: 50; specific gravity: 7.31 at 20°C.
any shallow pan, especially one used in baking.
any pot, box, can, or other container or vessel made of tin or tin plate.
Squash. telltale ( def 8 ).
Chiefly British. a hermetically sealed can containing food.
Slang. a small quantity of an illicit drug, especially from two to five grams of cocaine: usually sold in a small plastic bag, a glassine envelope, or often a small tin container.
British Slang. money.
made or consisting of tin or tin plate.
false; worthless; counterfeit: a set of tin values.
indicating the tenth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary.
verb (used with object), tinned, tinning.
to cover or coat with tin.
to coat with soft solder.
Chiefly British. to preserve or pack (especially food) in cans; can.
to cover (windows and doors in an abandoned or unoccupied building or apartment) with sheets of tin to prevent vandalism or occupancy by vagrants, squatters, etc.

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

tinlike, adjective
retin, verb (used with object), retinned, retinning.
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taxpayer identification number.
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tin (tɪn)
1.  a metallic element, occurring in cassiterite, that has several allotropes; the ordinary malleable silvery-white metal slowly changes below 13.2°C to a grey powder. It is used extensively in alloys, esp bronze and pewter, and as a noncorroding coating for steel. Symbol: Sn; atomic no: 50; atomic wt: 118.710; valency: 2 or 4; relative density: 5.75 (grey), 7.31 (white); melting pt: 231.9°C; boiling pt: 2603°CRelated: stannic, stannous
2.  Also called (esp US and Canadian): can an airtight sealed container of thin sheet metal coated with tin, used for preserving and storing food or drink
3.  any container made of metallic tin
4.  (NZ) fill her tins to complete a home baking of cakes, biscuits, etc
5.  Also called: tinful the contents of a tin or the amount a tin will hold
6.  (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) corrugated or galvanized iron: a tin roof
7.  any metal regarded as cheap or flimsy
8.  (Brit) a loaf of bread with a rectangular shape, baked in a tin
9.  slang money
10.  it does exactly what it says on the tin it lives up to expectations
vb , tins, tinning, tinned
11.  to put (food, etc) into a tin or tins; preserve in a tin
12.  to plate or coat with tin
13.  to prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface
Related: stannic, stannous
[Old English; related to Old Norse tin, Old High German zin]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. tin, from P.Gmc. *tinom (cf. M.Du., Du. tin, O.H.G. zin, Ger. Zinn, O.N. tin), of unknown origin, not found outside Gmc. Tinny is first recorded 1552; used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) since 1877; tin-type in photography is from 1864. Tin ear "lack of musical discernment" is from 1909. Tin Lizzie
"early Ford, especially a Model T," first recorded 1915. Tinfoil is attested from 1467; tinhorn "petty but flashy" is 1857, originally of low-class gamblers, from the tin cans they used for shaking dice.
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tin (tĭn)
Symbol Sn
A malleable metallic element used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. Atomic number 50; atomic weight 118.71; melting point 231.89°C; boiling point 2,602°C; specific gravity 7.31; valence 2, 4.

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tin   (tĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
Symbol Sn
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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. taxpayer identification number

  2. total inorganic nitrogen

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Tin definition

Heb. bedil (Num. 31:22; Ezek. 22:18, 20), a metal well known in ancient times. It is the general opinion that the Phoenicians of Tyre and Sidon obtained their supplies of tin from the British Isles. In Ezek. 27:12 it is said to have been brought from Tarshish, which was probably a commercial emporium supplied with commodities from other places. In Isa. 1:25 the word so rendered is generally understood of lead, the alloy with which the silver had become mixed (ver. 22). The fire of the Babylonish Captivity would be the means of purging out the idolatrous alloy that had corrupted the people.

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principal Etruscan deity, god of the thunderbolt, sky, and storm. He was identified with the Greek god Zeus and the Roman god Jupiter. Tinia together with his wife Uni (identified with Greek Hera and Roman Juno) and Menerva (or Menrva, Roman Minerva) formed the supreme triad of the Etruscan pantheon.

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