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tint

[tint] /tɪnt/
noun
1.
a color or a variety of a color; hue.
2.
a color diluted with white; a color of less than maximum purity, chromo, or saturation.
3.
a delicate or pale color.
4.
any of various commercial dyes for the hair.
5.
Engraving. a uniform shading, as that produced by a series of fine parallel lines.
6.
Also called tint block. Printing. a faintly or lightly colored background upon which an illustration or the like is to be printed.
verb (used with object)
7.
to apply a tint or tints to; color slightly or delicately; tinge.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; variant of tinct
Related forms
nontinted, adjective
overtint, verb
overtint, noun
retint, verb (used with object)
untinted, adjective
well-tinted, adjective
Can be confused
color, hue, shade, tint (see synonym study at shade)
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  • With a small offset spatula, spread a thin layer of tinted icing on each ornament.
  • Use various shades of the same color, from barely tinted to deeply saturated, for richness.
  • The next layer is a tinted oil and common resin mix.
  • There is talk of incorporating them into roofing materials and tinted windows.
  • They can also be tinted, for people who wish to change the colour of their eyes.
  • Denial and rose-tinted accounting mean that losses on these investments have yet to be fully recognised.
  • The credit-rating agencies had rose-tinted expectations about default rates for subprime mortgages.
  • In duty-free shops across the region, its dusky, blue-tinted bottles are the arak of choice.
  • The blue crab is so named because of its sapphire-tinted claws.
  • After casting the head in silicone, he tinted the skin.
British Dictionary definitions for tinted

tint

/tɪnt/
noun
1.
a shade of a colour, esp a pale one
2.
a colour that is softened or desaturated by the addition of white
3.
a tinge
4.
a semipermanent dye for the hair
5.
a trace or hint: a tint of jealousy in his voice
6.
(engraving) uniform shading, produced esp by hatching
7.
(printing) a panel of colour serving as a background to letters or other matter
verb
8.
(transitive) to colour or tinge
9.
(transitive) to change or influence slightly: his answer was tinted by his prior knowledge
10.
(intransitive) to acquire a tint
Derived Forms
tinter, noun
Word Origin
C18: from earlier tinct
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Word Origin and History for tinted

tint

n.

"color," 1717, alteration of tinct (c.1600), from Latin tinctus "a dyeing," from tingere "to dye" (see tincture); influenced by Italian tinta "tint, hue," from Latin tinctus.

v.

1756 (implied in tinted), from tint (n.). Related: Tinted; tinting.

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