The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tint \Tint\, n. [For older tinct, fr. L. tinctus, p. p. of
tingere to dye: cf. F. teinte, teint, It. tinta, tinto. See
Tinge, and cf. Taint to stain, a stain, Tent a kind of
A slight coloring. Specifically:
(a) A pale or faint tinge of any color.
Or blend in beauteous tints the colored mass.
Their vigor sickens, and their tints decline.
(b) 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.
(c) (Engraving) A shaded effect produced by the juxtaposition
of many fine parallel lines.
Tint tool (Eng.), a species of graver used for cutting the
parallel lines which produce tints in engraving.