|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|
|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]|
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.
|tin (tĭn) Pronunciation Key
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.
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.