Definitions of tan

  1. To become tanned or brown.
  2. To thrash or beat; to flog; to switch.
  3. To convert ( a hide) into leather by soaking in bark water; to make brown by exposure to the sun.
  4. To convert skins and hides into leather by steeping in vegetable solutions containing tannin: to make brown or tawny.
  5. To convert into leather; make tawny or brown.
  6. To convert into leather, by treating with tannin.
  7. To get or become tanned.
  8. To be come brown in the sun.
  9. To become tanned: pr. p. tanning; pa. t. and pa. p. tanned.
  10. To become tanned.
  11. To convert ( the skin of an animal) into leather, as by usual process of steeping it in an infusion of oak or some other bark, whereby it is impregnated with tannin, or tannic acid ( which exists in several species of bark), and is thus rendered firm, durable, and in some degree impervious to water.
  12. To convert into leather by means of tannin; to make brown, specially by exposure to the rays of the sun.
  13. To convert skins into leather by steeping them amongst water and the bark of the oak, willow, & c.; to make tawny or brown by exposure to the sun.
  14. Tanning.
  15. a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
  16. A yellowish- brown color, like that of tan.
  17. A brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun; as, hands covered with tan.
  18. To make brown; to imbrown, as by exposure to the rays of the sun; as, to tan the skin.
  19. The bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for tanning hides; - so called both before and after it has been used. Called also tan bark.
  20. Oak bark, or other bark containing tannic acid, used in making leather; a yellowish- brown color, like that of such bark; a brown color given to the skin by exposure to the sun; as, " barefoot boy, with cheek of tan".
  21. Bark bruised and broken for tanning: a yellowish- brown color.
  22. Bark ground for tanning; a yellowish- brown color.
  23. Tan- bark.
  24. Yellowish brown tinged with red.
  25. The bark of the oak, & c., bruised and broken by a mill, for tanning hides.
  26. The bark of the oak, willow, and other trees, which abounds in tannin, crushed and broken in a mill, used for turning skins into leather.
  27. of a light yellowish- brown color
  28. Of the color of tan; yellowish- brown.
  29. Yellowish- brown.
  30. Of a yellowish or reddish brown.
  31. As if tanned; brown.
  32. Of a yellowish- brown colour like tan.
  33. Tanned.
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