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
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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 50
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.

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

Type of:
vessel
an object used as a container (especially for liquids)

n metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour

Synonyms:
canister, cannister
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)

n airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.

Synonyms:
can, tin can
Types:
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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)

v preserve in a can or tin

tinned foods are not very tasty”
Synonyms:
can, put up
Type of:
keep, preserve
prevent (food) from rotting

v plate with tin

Type of:
plate
coat with a layer of metal

v prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface

Type of:
plate
coat with a layer of metal

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