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English noun: tin

1. tin (substance) 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


Synonymsatomic number 50, Sn


Broader (hypernym)metal, metallic element


Substance meronymcassiterite, tin foil, tinfoil

2. tin (artifact) a vessel (box, can, pan, etc.) made of tinplate and used mainly in baking


Broader (hypernym)vessel


Substance meronymtin plate, tinplate

3. tin (artifact) metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour


Synonymscanister, cannister


Broader (hypernym)container

4. tin (artifact) airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.


Synonymscan, tin can


Broader (hypernym)container


Narrower (hyponym)beer can, caddy, cannikin, coffee can, milk can, oilcan, soda can, tea caddy


English verb: tin

1. tin (contact) plate with tin


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)plate

2. tin (change) preserve in a can or tin


SamplesTinned foods are not very tasty.


ExamplesThe chefs tin the vegetables


Synonymscan, put up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)keep, preserve


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

3. tin (change) prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)plate









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