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tanning

[ tan-ing ]
/ ˈtæn ɪŋ /
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noun

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

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RELATED WORDS

lash, thrash, cane, hide, spank, beat, punish, flay, baste, paddle, strap, leather, switch, lambaste, wax, strike, hit, whale, whack, belt

Nearby words

tannic, tannic acid, tannie, tanniferous, tannin, tanning, tanning bed, tannish, tannoy, tannu tuva people's republic, tannu-tuva

Origin of tanning

First recorded in 1475–85; tan1, + -ing1
Related formsnon·tan·ning, adjective

Definition for tanning (2 of 2)

Origin of tan

1
before 1000; 1920–25 for def 2; Middle English tannen to make hide into leather, late Old English *tannian (in past participle getanned; cf. tanner1) < Medieval Latin tannāre, derivative of tannum oak bark, tanbark < Germanic; compare Old High German tanna oak, fir, akin to Dutch den fir
Related formstan·na·ble, adjectiveun·tanned, adjectivewell-tanned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tanning (1 of 2)

tan

1
/ (tæn) /

noun

verb tans, tanning or tanned

adjective tanner or tannest

of the colour tantan gloves
used in or relating to tanning
Derived Formstannable, adjectivetannish, adjective

Word Origin for tan

Old English tannian (unattested as infinitive, attested as getanned, past participle), from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum tanbark, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare Irish tana thin

British Dictionary definitions for tanning (2 of 2)

tan

2
/ (tæn) /

abbreviation for

tangent (sense 2)
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Science definitions for tanning

tan


Abbreviation of tangent
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