Etymology
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tanning (n.)

late 15c., "process of tanning leather," verbal noun from tan (v.). Intransitive sense "process of getting suntan" is from 1944.

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Definitions of tanning

tanning (n.)
process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light;
tanning (n.)
beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment;
tanning (n.)
making leather from rawhide;
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