From Middle English tin, from Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tiną, of unknown origin. Cognates include Saterland Frisian Tin (“tin”), Dutch tin (“tin”), German Low German Tinn (“tin”),
German Zinn (“tin”), Danish tin (“tin”), Swedish tenn (“tin”), Icelandic tin (“tin”).
tin (countable and uncountable, plural tins)
- (uncountable) A malleable, ductile, metallic element, resistant to corrosion, with atomic number 50 and symbol Sn.
- (New Zealand, Britain, countable) An airtight container, made of tin or another metal, used to preserve food.
- (countable) A metal pan used for baking, roasting, etc.
- (countable, squash (sport)) The bottom part of the front wall, which is "out" if a player strikes it with the ball.
- (slang, dated, uncountable) money
- (slang, uncountable) Computer hardware.
tin (not comparable)
- Made of tin.
- Made of galvanised iron or built of corrugated iron.
tin (third-person singular simple present tins, present participle tinning, simple past and past participle tinned)
- (transitive) To place into a tin in order to preserve.
- (transitive) To cover with tin.
- (transitive) To coat with solder in preparation for soldering.