View synonyms for tanning


[ tan-ing ]


  1. the process or art of converting hides or skins into leather.
  2. a browning or darkening of the skin, as by exposure to the sun.
  3. Informal. a thrashing; whipping.

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Other Words From

  • non·tanning adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tanning1

First recorded in 1475–85; tan 1, + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

It’s made from leather that’s produced with less water and chemicals than traditional tanning.

I must have been impressed by his dedication, because, alas, I also picked up some of his tanning enthusiasm.

Whether you’re fixing to throw a beach party, ready for a day of tanning, or looking to ride the waves, the best beach wagon will keep you supplied with all your seaside needs.

The ultraviolet rays in sunlight and tanning devices destroy the collagen molecules in your skin, producing what dermatologists call photodamage.

Yet despite the increased risks, use of indoor tanning beds among teenagers remains widespread.

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for an outright ban on use of tanning beds by minors.

The ambulantes are the sweat-on-the-brow beach hawkers who carry a variety of goods directly to your tanning spot.

His silence was “uncool and unprofessional,” as Dr. Tanning put it.

Dr. Tanning assured me that these feelings were not just ANTS (“automatic negative thoughts,” in therapy parlance).

Tannic and gallic acids are obtained from them and the bark of many is useful for tanning.

It is always used untanned, for no tanning is ever done in Tibet and any tanned skins always come up from India.

This is the cause of tanning, of the copper colour of the North Americans, and the black of the Negroes.

The Caddo tribes were cultivators of the soil as well as hunters, and practised the arts of pottery-making and tanning.

It was not so bad with Vanater and myself, for we could find plenty of sport with the traps and tanning a few deer skins.





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