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Definition of "tin" []

  • A malleable, silvery metallic element obtained chiefly from cassiterite. It is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion and is a part of numerous alloys, such as soft solder, pewter, type metal, and 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 Table at element. (noun)
  • Tin plate. (noun)
  • A container or box made of tin plate. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A container for preserved foodstuffs; a can. (noun)
  • Chiefly British The contents of such a container. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tin" in a sentence
  • "Unfortunately, there are many thousands who will open a tin, take out what they want, and _leave the remainder in the tin_."
  • "_bruit-tan_, "the land of tin:" the former term being supposed to be Celtic for _tin_, and the latter a termination with the sense of _land_: or than"
  • "It is the fifth town allowed for the coining tin, and several of the ships called tin-ships are laden here."