from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The art or process of making leather from rawhides.
  • noun Darkening of the skin by exposure to the sun.
  • noun Informal A beating; a whipping.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art or process of converting hides and skins into leather; the manufacture of leather.
  • noun An appearance or hue of a brown color produced on the skin by the action of the sun.
  • noun Same as tannage, 3.
  • noun A whipping; a flogging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The art or process of converting skins into leather. See tan, v. t., 1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of tan.
  • verb The process of making leather, which does not easily decompose, from the skins of animals, which do.
  • noun The acquisition of a tan, either by exposure to the sun, or artificially.
  • noun informal A spanking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
  • noun process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light
  • noun making leather from rawhide


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