tine

tine

[tahyn]
noun
a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.
Also, especially British, tyne.


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

tined, adjective
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tine (taɪn)
 
n
1.  a slender prong, esp of a fork
2.  any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
 
[Old English tind; related to Old Norse tindr, Old High German zint]
 
tined
 
adj

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tine
O.E. tind, a general Gmc. word (cf. O.H.G. zint "sharp point, spike," O.N. tindr "tine, point, top, summit," Ger. Zinne "pinnacle"), of unknown origin.
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tine (tīn)
n.

  1. The slender pointed end of an instrument, such as an explorer used in dentistry.

  2. An instrument usually containing several individual prongs and used to introduce antigen, such as tuberculin, into the skin.

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