Definitions for tanningˈtæn ɪŋ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the process or art of converting hides or skins into leather.
a browning or darkening of the skin, as by exposure to the sun.
a thrashing; whipping.
Origin of tanning:
process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light
whipping, tanning, flogging, lashing, flagellation(noun)
beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
making leather from rawhide
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the activity of darkening your skin using special lights
teenagers who go to tanning salons
The acquisition of a tan, either by exposure to the sun, or artificially.
The process of making leather, which does not easily decompose, from the skins of animals, which do.
the art or process of converting skins into leather. See Tan, v. t., 1
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A process of preserving animal hides by chemical treatment (using vegetable tannins, metallic sulfates, and sulfurized phenol compounds, or syntans) to make them immune to bacterial attack, and subsequent treatments with fats and greases to make them pliable. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 5th ed)