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Tin


TIN, noun [Latin stannum; stagnum.]

1. A white metal, with a slight tinge of yellow. It is soft, non-elastic, very malleable, and when a bar of it is bent near the ear, distinguished by a crackling sound called the cry of tin It is used for culinary vessels, being for this purpose usually combined with lead, forming pewter; and alloyed with small proportions of antimony, copper and bismuth, is formed into various wares resembling silver, under the names of block-tin, brittania, etc. Equal parts of tin and lead compose soder. tin united with copper in different proportions, forms bronze, bell-metal, and speculum-metal.

2. Thin plates of iron covered with tin

TIN, verb transitive To cover with tin or overlay with tinfoil.