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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TIN

Then he tossed his tin dishes away and they fell clattering on the rocks.

A tin cup and a cracked pitcher of spring water stood on the window-sill.

The cooking was done in a tin basin on the top of the hot stove.

On top of the barrel was a tin coffeepot, a china cup, and half a loaf of bread.

I played with clay gods and goddesses instead of tin soldiers.

They are to be had of various sizes and prices at the tin stores.

Most of these were made of pewter or lead, but some have been found of silver gilt, latten, and tin.

Others were drinking out of shells, tin goblets, and leather cups.

You tell me about the man getting dead and I'll give you the tin thing.

It's a tin Lizzie, but you don't haf' to tell her what it is till I get her into it, do you?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tin, from Proto-Germanic *tinom (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch tin, Old High German zin, German Zinn, Old Norse tin), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.

Other Indo-European languages often have separate words for "tin" as a raw metal and "tin plate;" e.g. French 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 Late Latin stannum (see 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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