Meaning of “tin” in the English Dictionary

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"tin" in British English

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tinnoun

uk /tɪn/ us /tɪn/

tin noun (METAL)

C2 symbol Sn [ U ] a chemical element that is a silver-coloured metal, often combined with other metals or used to cover and protect other metals

Examples

  • The country's most valuable commodities include tin and diamonds.
  • Careful with that open tin - it's got a very sharp edge.
  • In tin mining today, workers excavate tunnels horizontally from a vertical shaft.
  • I've found a tin of beans. So far so good, but where is the opener?
  • She put on some overalls and got out a tin of paint.

tin noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [ C ] UK UK and US also can, tin can a closed metal container in which food is sold:

a tin of beans
piles of soup tins

B1 [ C ] UK US can the contents of a tin, or the amount of something a tin contains:

The children ate two tins of beans.

B2 [ C ] UK US cookie jar a metal container with a lid used for keeping cakes or biscuits:

a biscuit tin

B2 [ C ] UK US can a cylindrical metal container with a lid used for keeping liquid substances such as paint:

a tin of paint

[ C ] UK US pan a metal container without a lid used for cooking food in the oven:

Put both cake tins in the oven for half an hour.

[ C ] Australian English a closed metal container in which beer is sold:

a tin of beer
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(Definition of “tin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tin" in American English

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tinnoun [ C/U ]

us /tɪn/

a soft, silver metal that is often combined with other metals or used as a layer to protect various metals

(Definition of “tin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)