tine
Pronunciation Noun

tine (plural tines)

  1. A spike or point on an implement or tool, especially a prong of a fork or a tooth of a comb.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 9, pp. 45-46,
      Sitting at the table one day, I held the fork in my left hand and pierced a piece of fried chicken. I put the knife through the second tine, as we had been strictly taught, and began to saw against the bone.
  2. A small branch, especially on an antler or horn.
  3. (dialect) A wild vetch or tare.
Translations Translations Adjective

tine (comparative tiner, superlative tinest)

  1. small, diminutive
Noun

tine

  1. (obsolete) Trouble; distress; teen.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      As wither'd Weed through cruel Winter's Tine
Verb

tine (tines, present participle tining; past and past participle tined)

  1. To kindle; to set on fire.
    • 1700, John Dryden, The First Book of Homer's Ilias:
      The priest with holy hands was seen to tine / The cloven wood, and pour the ruddy wine.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      Coals of contention and hot vengeance tin'd.
  2. (obsolete) To rage; to smart.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      Ne was there salve, ne was there medicine, / That mote recure their wounds; so inly they did tine.
Verb

tine (tines, present participle tining; past and past participle tined)

  1. To shut in, or enclose.



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