Definition of tine in English:



  • A prong or sharp point, such as that on a fork or antler.

    • ‘Place prepared filling on dough, fold into the shape of a ‘D', pinch shut openings with the tines of a fork.’
    • ‘Like a diner spearing a morsel of food with the tine of a fork, researchers have used the tip of a microscopic needle to lift a single atom from a surface and then replace it.’
    • ‘There were no serious cooking techniques being demonstrated here, although I did learn how to purée garlic cloves with the tines of a fork.’
    • ‘Crimp edges of dough together with fork tines and cut several slits in strudel with a small sharp knife.’
    • ‘Touch the tines of a tuning fork and it goes silent.’
    • ‘Seal the edges by pressing down with the tines of a fork.’
    • ‘Mary's fingers in the Prado Annunciation are all the same shape and all like the tines of a fork.’
    • ‘And as I love making food gifts, this sounded like a neat tool to make chocolate-dipped citrus peel, candied fruit, cookies, almond paste, or anything that will stand on those fork tines.’
    • ‘And the tool carriers feature level lift from ground to full boom height, with no need to adjust the angle of the fork tines while lifting.’
    • ‘The left panel pictures not much more than the soiled tableware of an abandoned meal set out on a damask cloth with wine and water glasses, stains and crumbs, a coffee cup, an empty plate and a fork with the tines turned down.’
    • ‘Sharp tines or prongs, operated by a foot pedal or hand crank, grip the weed and yank it out of the ground with a pulling or twisting motion.’
    • ‘Often traveling sets were made so that the knife blade, spoon bowl, and fork tines screwed into their handles.’
    • ‘Use the tines of a fork to make little holes in each marked-out biscuit: I press down about three times, diagonally, on each finger.’
    • ‘Simply insert the tines of the fork into the center of the meat and the temperature is instantly displayed.’
    • ‘Keep your dressing in a cup off to the side and dip the tines of your clean fork into it - and then into your salad.’
    • ‘Using a small fork, press down onto the balls to leave the indent of the fork tines.’
    • ‘It was annoying for no particular reason, but instead of going psycho, I took an anti-bacterial napkin out of my backpack and began wiping the tines of the fork clean while he got settled.’
    • ‘She tests a fork's tines against her fingertips.’
    • ‘Roll each piece on the tines of a fork to create the lines along the gnocchi.’
    • ‘The antler tines may have been used as pressure flakers on stone projectile points and knives, although there was no evidence of microdebitage imbedded in the damaged tips.’
    prong, barb, point, skewer, stake, spit, projection
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Old English tind, of Germanic origin; related to German Zinne pinnacle.