Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shade of a color, especially a pale or delicate variation.
  • n. A gradation of a color made by adding white to it to lessen its saturation.
  • n. A slight coloration; a tinge.
  • n. A barely detectable amount or degree; a trace.
  • n. A shaded effect in engraving produced by fine, close, parallel lines.
  • n. Printing A panel of light color on which matter in another color is to be printed, as in an illustration.
  • n. A dye for the hair.
  • transitive v. To give a tint to or take on a tint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slight coloring
  • n. A pale or faint tinge of any color; especially, a variation of a color obtained by adding white (contrast shade)
  • n. A color considered with reference to other very similar colors; as, red and blue are different colors, but two shades of scarlet are different tints
  • n. A shaded effect produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines
  • v. to shade, to color

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight coloring.
  • n. A pale or faint tinge of any color.
  • n. A color considered with reference to other very similar colors.
  • n. A shaded effect produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines.
  • transitive v. To give a slight coloring to; to tinge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To apply a tint or tints to; color in a special manner; tinge.
  • A Scotch preterit of tine.
  • n. A variety of a color, especially and properly a luminous variety of low chroma; also, abstractly, the respect in which a color may be varied by more or less admixture of white light, which at once increases the luminosity and diminishes the chroma.
  • n. In engraving, a series of parallel lines cut upon a wood block with a tint-tool, so as to produce an even and uniform shading, as in clear skies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. color lightly
  • n. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

Etymologies

Alteration of tinct.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of earlier tinct, from Latin tinctus ("dyed"), past participle of verb tingō ("I tinge"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Nothing could be more beautiful than her tints. - Carmilla (1872)

    March 14, 2009