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tine

[tahyn] /taɪn/
noun
1.
a sharp, projecting point or prong, as of a fork.
Also, especially British, tyne.
Origin
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English tyne, Middle English tind, Old English; cognate with Old High German zint, Old Norse tindr
Related forms
tined, adjective
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Examples from the web for tines
  • Finely shred meat and lightly mash fatback with tines, transferring both to a bowl.
  • Transfer to a large sheet of parchment paper and press floured tines of a fork around edge.
  • Place a nail puller around the head of the nail, or slide the tines on the back end of the hammer under the head of the nail.
  • All the forks were the same size and had the same number of tines, four.
  • The runners beneath the skid platform must be placed to allow the proper insertion of fork tines.
  • The tiny pins of the cylinder lifted the tiny tines of the comb and pricked them into song.
  • The use of flexible tines on such surfaces frequently fails to produce a groove depth sufficient for reasonable durability.
  • The males have antlers with main beam forward and several unbranched tines.
  • The loader bucket was modified to lift hay bales by the attachment of two removable tines which cradled the bale as it was lifted.
  • The tines should be lifted up and then lowered down again when forward motion resumes.
British Dictionary definitions for tines

tine

/taɪn/
noun
1.
a slender prong, esp of a fork
2.
any of the sharp terminal branches of a deer's antler
Derived Forms
tined, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tind; related to Old Norse tindr, Old High German zint
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Word Origin and History for tines

tine

n.

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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tines in Medicine

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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