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Topic: ELEMENTS

Language: Old English
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tin

1 noun
     
tin1 S3
1 [uncountable]HCE a soft silver-white metal that is often used to cover and protect iron and steel. It is a chemical element: symbol Sn:
an old tin bath
tin
2 [countable] British English also tin canDF a small metal container in which food or drink is sold [= can American English]
a sardine tin
tin of
a tin of baked beans
3 [countable]DF a metal container with a lid in which food can be stored:
a biscuit tin
4 [countable] British EnglishDFU a metal container in which food is cooked [= pan American English]
a 7-inch cake tin
a roasting tin
5 [countable] British English a metal container with a lid, in which paint, glue etc is sold
tin of
a tin of brown paint
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