tin
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zin tin Date: before 12th century 1. a soft faintly bluish-white lustrous low-melting crystalline metallic element that is malleable and ductile at ordinary temperatures and that is used especially in containers, as a protective coating, in tinfoil, and in soft solders and alloys — see element table 2. a. a box, can, pan, vessel, or a sheet made of tinplate; broadly such a container of any metal (as aluminum) b. a metal container and its contents <
a tin of tomatoes
>
tin adjectivetinful noun II. transitive verb (tinned; tinning) Date: 14th century 1. to cover or plate with tin or a tin alloy 2. to put up or pack in tins ; can <
tinned peaches
>

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