An elementary substance found as an oxide in the mineral cassiterite, and reduced as a soft white crystalline metal, malleable at ordinary temperatures, but brittle when heated. It is not easily oxidized in the air, and is used chiefly to coat iron to protect it from rusting, in the form of tin foil with mercury to form the reflective surface of mirrors, and in solder, bronze, speculum metal, and other alloys. Its compounds are designated as stannous, or stannic. Symbol Sn (Stannum). Atomic weight 117.4.
Thin plates of iron covered with tin; tin plate.
To cover with tin or tinned iron, or to overlay with tin foil.
Banning paper and plastic and making shoppers carry their groceries home in their mouths like dogs is just the thing to make a little tin humanist in the Obama West Wing think he's admiral of the Uzbek Navy. P. J. O'Rourke
tin in Afrikaans is blik
tin in Danish is tin, blik
tin in Dutch is blikken
tin in Finnish is pelti
tin in Latin is plumbum album
tin in Norwegian is blikk
tin in Portuguese is estanho, lata
tin in Swedish is tenn, konservburk, bleckburk, burk
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