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tin

[tin] /tɪn/
noun
1.
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.
2.
3.
any shallow pan, especially one used in baking.
4.
any pot, box, can, or other container or vessel made of tin or tin plate.
5.
Squash. telltale (def 8).
6.
Chiefly British. a hermetically sealed can containing food.
7.
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.
8.
British Slang. money.
adjective
9.
made or consisting of tin or tin plate.
10.
false; worthless; counterfeit:
a set of tin values.
11.
indicating the tenth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
verb (used with object), tinned, tinning.
12.
Metallurgy.
  1. to cover or coat with tin.
  2. to coat with soft solder.
13.
Chiefly British. to preserve or pack (especially food) in cans; can.
14.
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.
Origin
900
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
tinlike, adjective
retin, verb (used with object), retinned, retinning.
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British Dictionary definitions for tinlike

tin

/tɪn/
noun
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°C related adjectives 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
verb (transitive) 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
Derived Forms
tinlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse tin, Old High German zin
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Word Origin and History for tinlike

tin

n.

Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tinom (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch tin, Old High German zin, German Zinn, Old Norse tin), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.

Other Indo-European languages often have separate words for "tin" as a raw metal and "tin plate;" e.g. French étain, fer-blanc. Pliny refers to tin as plumbum album "white lead," and for centuries it was regarded as a form of silver debased by lead.

The chemical symbol Sn is from Late Latin stannum (see stannic). 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.

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tinlike in Medicine

tin (tĭn)
n.
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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tinlike in Science
tin
  (tĭn)   
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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Slang definitions & phrases for tinlike

time warp

noun phrase

A blank, an inordinate rapidity or slowness, a blatant discontinuity, a seeming anachronism, or some other anomaly of time: The case of five people indicted more than four years ago has been ''lost in a time warp'' of delays, state prosecutors say

[1954+; fr science-fiction notions of instantaneous eons and the like, devised to legitimize travel over enormous distances within conceivable and dramatically useful periods of time, and based on Albert Einstein's concept of ''curved space'']


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Related Abbreviations for tinlike

TIN

  1. taxpayer identification number
  2. total inorganic nitrogen
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tinlike in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for tinlike

Tin

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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