American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A type of paper-thin tin plate.
- n. Tinfoil used as a backing for mirrors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thin plate; a tagger; tin-foil for mirrors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Thin tin plate; also, tin foil for mirrors.
- Old English tein, teyne; compare Icelandic teinn a twig. (Wiktionary)
- French, alteration of étain, tin, from Late Latin stannum; see stannic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The essence of Whacky Br*tain is that a knife is a tool for a form of free expression that is misunderstood by the population at large and the reactionary media, and police officers merely the nasty men and women who seek to deny Br*tain’s troubled youth that avenue for the inner self.”
“Also called the tain proper cell metabolism and tissue health. levels in blueberries are particularly high.”
“Yet 'tain't being dead -- it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;”
“Bo weevil told the farmer that "I 'tain't got ticket fare",”
“Jail house ain't no plaything, b'lieve me, 'tain't no lie”
“As for where you are moving-'tain't none of my bidnuss nohow!”
“Meanwhile, 'tain't fit night out for man nor beast.”
“I wish I had a home I could really call my own to ask you to, but 'tain't never been so I could.”
“But the Kuklos ought to train 'em better, you know; 'tain't natural not to stare when a lunatic cuts loose in public.”
Flashman and the angel of the lord
“Even more nerve-racking was the sight of the moun'tain's cone-shaped summit rising steeply away to their left.”
Emperor of Ansalon
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