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

  • An island of the Northern Marianas in the western Pacific Ocean. The planes that dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) were flown from Tinian.


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  • We anchored at one called Tinian, uninhabited, but abounding with wild cattle, hogs, fowls, and fruits: we could not have fallen in with a better place.

    Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II

  • Two Japanese torpedoes sunk the Indianapolis shortly after transporting components of the atomic bomb to the island of Tinian.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad

  • Mr. Chauncey, 87, flew 35 missions against Japan as a Superfortress pilot from the U.S. base at Tinian, in the Pacific.

    Owners of the Last B-29 Hope It Doesn

  • Since he waded ashore at Hollandia the previous April, the Marines had taken Saipan, Tinian, and Guam.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • The Marianas — Guam, Saipan and Tinian — posed their own difficulties, but at least they were at sea level, and the construction crews could start from scratch.

    When Victory Was in the Air

  • On Tinian, not much larger than Manhattan, 15,000 workers laid six runways, 11 miles of taxiways and parking areas, and so many roads and buildings that the little island qualified as the largest aviation complex in the world.

    When Victory Was in the Air

  • Today and always I remember them, those in Hiroshima on August 6th and Nagasaki on August 9th, as well as those in Los Alamos and Tinian that day.

    Lucy Walker: Thoughts on the 65th Anniversary of Hiroshima Day

  • You will find their renainson Iwo Jima, Guam, Tinian, Truck, Pelalu, Bouganville, Siapan, Okanawa, Makin, Midway and others that sometimes fade from memory in my advanced years.

    Blitzer: Remember the soldiers

  • Tinian required nearly everything involved in constructing Pacific island airfields: clearing jungle and cane fields, uprooting large trees, leveling hills, filling ravines, moving and crushing coral.


  • When the Tinian complex was completed in May 1945, North Field had four bomber runways while West Field had two more.



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