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Definition of Tin

Tin

  1. 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.
  2. Thin plates of iron covered with tin; tin plate.
  3. Money.
  4. To cover with tin or tinned iron, or to overlay with tin foil.

Tin Quotations

To have news value is to have a tin can tied to one's tail.
T. E. Lawrence

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

Getting to places like Bangkok or Singapore was a hell of a sweat. But when you got there it was the back of beyond. It was just a series of small tin sheds.
David Attenborough

I was mainly raised by a working mum who didn't have much time or inclination for making food. So I had three or four basic meals: fish fingers and a tomato; a packet scotch egg and a tomato; pasta with a tin of tomatoes; and extra mild plastic-y cheddar chopped into cubes with bits of cucumber.
Paloma Faith

In my heart, I'm just a kid from the council houses. I can remember the old cottage and my dad coming round with the tin bath. I'm not a rich man.
Terry Pratchett
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Tin Translations

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