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Definition tine

Etymology 1

From Middle English tine, alteration of Middle English tinde, tind, from Old English tind, from Proto-Germanic *tindaz. Cognate with German Zinne. Compare also the related English tind.

Noun

tine (plural tines)

  1. A spike or point on an implement or tool, especially a prong of a fork or a tooth of a comb.
  2. A small branch, especially on an antler or horn.
  3. (dialectal) A wild vetch or tare.

Etymology 2

Unknown origin, possibly related to etymology 1.

Adjective

tine (comparative tiner, superlative tinest)

  1. small, diminutive

Etymology 3

See teen (“affliction”).

Noun

tine

  1. (obsolete) Trouble; distress; teen.

Etymology 4

See tind.

Verb

tine (third-person singular simple present tines, present participle tining, simple past and past participle tined)

  1. To kindle; to set on fire.
  2. (obsolete) To rage; to smart.

Etymology 5

From Old English tȳnan, from tūn (“enclosure”) (modern town).

Verb

tine (third-person singular simple present tines, present participle tining, simple past and past participle tined)

  1. To shut in, or enclose.

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