- tin O.E. tin, from P.Gmc. *tinom (Cf. M.Du., Du. tin, O.H.G. zin, Ger. Zinn, O.N. tin), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic. Other Indo-European languages often have separate words for вЂњtinвЂќ as a raw metal and вЂњtin plate;вЂќ e.g. Fr. étain, fer-blanc. Pliny refers to tin as plumbum album "white lead," and for centuries it was regarded as a form of silver debased by lead. The chemical symbol Sn is from L.L. stannum (see STANNIC (Cf. stannic)). Tin-type in photography is from 1864. Tin ear "lack of musical discernment" is from 1909. Tin Lizzie "early Ford, especially a Model T," first recorded 1915.
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Tin — is a chemical element with the symbol Sn ( la. stannum) and atomic number 50. This silvery, malleable poor metal that is not easily oxidized in air and resists corrosion, is found in many alloys and is used to coat other metals to prevent… … Wikipedia
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Tin — Tin, n. [As. tin; akin to D. tin, G. zinn, OHG. zin, Icel. & Dan. tin, Sw. tenn; of unknown origin.] 1. (Chem.) An elementary substance found as an oxide in the mineral cassiterite, and reduced as a soft silvery white crystalline metal, with a… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
tin — (tĭn) n. 1. Symbol Sn A crystalline, silvery metallic element obtained chiefly from cassiterite, and having two notable allotropic forms. Malleable white tin is the useful allotrope, but at temperatures below 13.2°C it slowly converts to the… … Word Histories
Tin Oo — est un nom birman ; les principes des noms et prénoms ne s appliquent pas ; U et Daw sont des titres de respect. Tin Oo (né en 1927 et souvent appelé Thura Tin Oo ou U Tin Oo) est un général birman en retraite, ancien commandant en chef … Wikipédia en Français
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tin — /tɪn / (say tin) noun 1. a low melting, metallic element nearly approaching silver in colour and lustre, used in making alloys and in plating. Symbol: Sn; relative atomic mass: 118.69; atomic number: 50; density: 7.31 at 20°C. 2. tin plate. 3.… … Australian English dictionary
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