tin - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] chemistry a soft light silver metal, often used for covering iron or steel. Tin is a chemical element.
  2. 2
    [countable] British a closed metal container for a food product that you open with a tin opener. The American word is can

    a tin of soup

    I bought three tins of beans.

    1. a.
      a metal container with a lid, used for storing things

      a biscuit tin

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    2. b.
      British a metal container used for cooking food in an oven. The American word is pan

      a cake tin