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Noun: tin  tin
  1. 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
    - Sn, atomic number 50
     
  2. A vessel (box, can, pan, etc.) made of tinplate and used mainly in baking
     
  3. Metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
    - canister, cannister
     
  4. Airtight sealed metal container for food, drink or paint etc.
    - can, tin can
Verb: tin (tinned,tinning)  tin
  1. Plate with tin
     
  2. (cooking) preserve in a can or tin
    "tinned foods are not very tasty";
    - can, put up
     
  3. Prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface

Derived forms: tins, tinning, tinned

Type of: container, keep, metal, metallic element, plate, preserve, vessel

Part of: cassiterite, tin foil, tin plate, tinfoil, tinplate

Encyclopedia: Tin