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  1. tines

    Tines (; also spelled tynes), prongs or teeth are parallel or branching spikes forming parts of a tool or natural object. They are used to spear, hook, move or otherwise act on other objects. They may be made of metal, wood, bone or other hard, strong materials. The number of tines on tools varies widely – a pitchfork may have just two, a garden fork may have four, and a rake or harrow many. Tines may be blunt, such as those on a fork used as an eating utensil; or sharp, as on a pitchfork; or even barbed, as on a trident. The terms tine and prong are mostly interchangeable. A tooth of a comb is a tine. The term is also used on musical instruments such as the Jew's harp, tuning fork, guitaret, electric piano, music box or mbira which contain long protruding metal spikes ("tines") which are plucked to produce notes. Tines and prongs occur in nature—for example, forming the branched bony antlers of deer or the forked horns of pronghorn antelopes. The term tine is also used for mountains, such as the fictional Silvertine in The Lord of the Rings. In chaos theory (physics, non-linear dynamics), the branches of a bifurcation diagram are called tines and subtines.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TINES

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tines is ranked #47429 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tines surname appeared 447 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tines.

    58.1% or 260 total occurrences were White.
    34.6% or 155 total occurrences were Black.
    3.8% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for tines »

  1. inset

  2. niste

  3. nites

  4. set in

  5. sient

  6. snite

  7. stein

  8. Stein

  9. tsine

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tines in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tines in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tines in a Sentence

  1. Sandria Godwin:

    If there’s bacteria on the surface of a cut of meat, the small tines that pierce the meat could push the bacteria inside, or create more avenues for bacteria to transfer to the inside of the meat.

  2. Ross County Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt:

    Rebecca Cade sweatshirt sleeve was caught in the upper tines of the fence, and Rebecca Cade was suspended from one arm dangling on the fence.

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