tin Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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tin noun (METAL)

C2 (symbol Sn) [U] a ​chemicalelement that is a silver-coloured ​metal, often ​combined with other ​metals or used to ​cover and ​protect other ​metals
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tin noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [C] UK (UK and US also can, tin can) a ​closedmetalcontainer in which ​food is ​sold: a tin ofbeans piles of ​soup tinsB1 [C] UK (US can) the ​contents of a tin, or the ​amount of something a tin ​contains: The ​childrenate two tins ofbeans.B2 [C] UK (US cookie jar) a ​metalcontainer with a ​lid used for ​keepingcakes or ​biscuits: a ​biscuit tinB2 [C] UK (US can) a ​cylindricalmetalcontainer with a ​lid used for ​keepingliquidsubstances such as ​paint: a tin ofpaint [C] UK (US pan) a ​metalcontainer without a ​lid used for ​cookingfood in the ​oven: Put both ​cake tins in the ​oven for ​half an ​hour. [C] Australian English a ​closedmetalcontainer in which ​beer is ​sold: a tin of ​beer
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tinnoun [C/U]

 us   /tɪn/
a ​soft, ​silvermetal that is often ​combined with other ​metals or used as a ​layer to ​protectvariousmetals
(Definition of tin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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