tin

Tin is a kind of metal that is soft and silver-colored. The most common use of tin today is in solder, the hot, liquid metal that holds pipes and other metal pieces together.

You may think of common items like tin foil and tin cans when you contemplate the uses of tin. Actually, so-called tin cans and tins are made of steel or other metals that are coated in tin. Before the middle of the 20th century, the foil used for covering food was made of thin sheets of tin. It was stiffer than today's foil (which is made of aluminum), and left food with a metallic, "tinny" taste.

Definitions of tin
  1. noun
    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 50
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    type of:
    metal, metallic element
    any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  2. noun
    a vessel (box, can, pan, etc.) made of tinplate and used mainly in baking
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    type of:
    vessel
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  3. noun
    metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
    synonyms: canister, cannister
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    type of:
    container
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  4. noun
    airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
    synonyms: can, tin can
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    beer can
    a can that holds beer
    caddy, tea caddy
    a can for storing tea
    cannikin
    a small can
    coffee can
    a can for storing ground coffee
    milk can
    large can for transporting milk
    oilcan
    a can with a long nozzle to apply oil to machinery
    soda can
    a can for holding soft drinks
    type of:
    container
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  5. verb
    preserve in a can or tin
    tinned foods are not very tasty”
    synonyms: can, put up
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    type of:
    keep, preserve
    prevent (food) from rotting
  6. verb
    plate with tin
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    type of:
    plate
    coat with a layer of metal
  7. verb
    prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface
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    type of:
    plate
    coat with a layer of metal
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