What does tanning mean?

Definitions for tanningˈtæn ɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tanning(noun)

    process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light

  2. whipping, tanning, flogging, lashing, flagellation(noun)

    beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment

  3. tanning(noun)

    making leather from rawhide


  1. tanning(Noun)

    The acquisition of a tan, either by exposure to the sun, or artificially.

  2. tanning(Noun)

    A spanking.

  3. tanning(Verb)

    The process of making leather, which does not easily decompose, from the skins of animals, which do.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tanning

    of Tan

  2. Tanning(noun)

    the art or process of converting skins into leather. See Tan, v. t., 1


  1. Tanning

    Tanning is the process of treating skins of animals to produce leather, which is more durable and less susceptible to decomposition. Traditionally, tanning used tannin, an acidic chemical compound from which the tanning process draws its name. Coloring may occur during tanning. A tannery is the term for a place where the skins are processed. Tanning leather involves a process which permanently alters the protein structure of skin. Making "rawhide" does not require the use of tannin. Rawhide is made by removing the flesh and fat and then the hair by use of an aqueous solution, then scraping over a beam with a somewhat dull knife, then drying. The two aforementioned solutions for removing the hair also act to clean the fiber network of the skin and allow penetration and action of the tanning agent, so that all the steps in preparation of rawhide except drying are often preludes to the more complex process of tanning and production of leather. Tanning can be performed with either vegetable or mineral methods. Before tanning, the skins are unhaired, degreased, desalted and soaked in water over a period of 6 hours to 2 days. To prevent damage of the skin by bacterial growth during the soaking period, biocides, typically dithiocarbamates, are used. Fungicides such as TCMBT, 2- benzothiazole, are added later in the process to protect wet leathers from mould growth. After 1980 the use of pentachlorophenol and quicksilver biocides and their derivatives was forbidden.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Tanning

    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)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tanning in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tanning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Margaret Karagas:

    Pediatricians should counsel parents and patients about the risks of using tanning beds.

  2. Lauren Utvich:

    Coca-Cola is so delicious, but it's like sun tanning or cigarettes — they're these wonderful things that we now know are horrible for us.

  3. Margaret Karagas:

    The new FDA regulations reinforce the science that teens and young adults may be especially vulnerable to developing skin cancer if they use tanning beds.

  4. Spaniard Alonso:

    I need to be a little bit more prepared next time in Abu Dhabi( the final race of the season in two weeks' time), take the telephone and the sun tanning( lotion) or something, it was quite hot out there.

  5. Margaret Karagas:

    Earlier exposure to indoor tanning is associated with a greater risk for developing basal cell carcinoma at a young age, the new FDA regulations reinforce the science that teens and young adults may be especially vulnerable to developing skin cancer if they use tanning beds.

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