Meaning of tin


Pronunciation: (tin), [key]
— n., adj., v., tinned, tin•ning.
  1. a low-melting, malleable, ductile metallic element nearly approaching silver in color and luster: used in plating and in making alloys, tinfoil, and soft solders. Symbol: Sn; at. wt.: 118.69; at. no.: 50; sp. gr.: 7.31 at 20°C.
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  3. any shallow pan, esp. one used in baking.
  4. any pot, box, can, or other container or vessel made of tin or tin plate.
  5. telltale (def. 8).
  6. a hermetically sealed can containing food.
  7. a small quantity of an illicit drug, esp. from two to five grams of cocaine: usually sold in a small plastic bag, a glassine envelope, or often a small tin container.
  8. money.
  1. made or consisting of tin or tin plate.
  2. false; worthless; counterfeit: a set of tin values.
  3. indicating the tenth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under
    1. to cover or coat with tin.
    2. to coat with soft solder.
  1. to preserve or pack (esp. food) in cans; can.
  2. to cover (windows and doors in an abandoned or unoccupied building or apartment) with sheets of tin to prevent vandalism or occupancy by vagrants, squatters, etc.


Pronunciation: (tin), [key]
— n.
  1. taxpayer identification number.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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