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tin (n.)

Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tinom (source also of Middle Dutch and Dutch tin, Old High German zin, German Zinn, Old Norse tin), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.

Other Indo-European languages often have separate words for "tin" as a raw metal and "tin plate;" such as French étain, fer-blanc. Pliny refers to tin as plumbum album "white lead," and for centuries it was regarded as a form of silver debased by lead; hence its figurative use for "mean, petty, worthless." The chemical symbol Sn is from Late Latin stannum (see stannic).

Meaning "container made of tin" is from 1795. Tin-can is from 1770; as naval slang for "destroyer," by 1937. Tin-type in photography is from 1864. Tin ear "lack of musical discernment" is from 1909. Tin Lizzie "early Ford, especially a Model T," first recorded 1915.

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Definitions of tin
1
tin (n.)
a silvery malleable metallic element that resists corrosion; used in many alloys and to coat other metals to prevent corrosion; obtained chiefly from cassiterite where it occurs as tin oxide;
Synonyms: Sn / atomic number "
tin (n.)
a vessel (box, can, pan, etc.) made of tinplate and used mainly in baking;
tin (n.)
metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour;
Synonyms: canister / cannister
tin (n.)
airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.;
Synonyms: can / tin can
2
tin (v.)
plate with tin;
tin (v.)
preserve in a can or tin;
tinned foods are not very tasty
Synonyms: can / put up
tin (v.)
prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface;
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