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Meaning of TAN

Pronunciation:  tan

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a light brown
  2. [n]  ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
  3. [n]  a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
  4. [adj]  of a light yellowish-brown color
  5. [v]  get a tan, from wind or sun
  6. [v]  treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather

TAN is a 3 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: bronze, burn, chromatic, sunburn, suntan, tangent, topaz
 See Also: bark, change over, circular function, color, colour, convert, discolor, discolour, hyperpigmentation, light brown, suntan, trigonometric function



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tan\, v. t.
    To thrash or beat; to flog; to switch. [Colloq.]
  2. \Tan\, n. [Chin.]
    See {Picul}.
  3. \Tan\, n. [F. tan, perhaps fr. Armor. tann an oak, oak bar;
    or of Teutonic origin; cf. G. tanne a fir, OHG. tanna a fir,
    oak, MHG. tan a forest. Cf. {Tawny}.]
    1. 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}.
    2. A yellowish-brown color, like that of tan.
    3. A brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun;
       as, hands covered with tan.
    {Tan bed} (Hort.), a bed made of tan; a bark bed.
    {Tan pickle}, the liquor used in tanning leather.
    {Tan spud}, a spud used in stripping bark for tan from trees.
    {Tan stove}. See {Bark stove}, under {Bark}.
    {Tan vat}, a vat in which hides are steeped in liquor with
  4. \Tan\, a.
    Of the color of tan; yellowish-brown.
    {Black and tan}. See under {Black}, a.
  5. \Tan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tanned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Tanning}.] [F. tanner, LL. tannare. See {Tan}, n.]
    1. 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.
    Note: The essential result in tanning is due to the fact that
          the tannins form, with gelatins and albuminoids, a
          series of insoluble compounds which constitute leather.
          Similar results may be produced by the use of other
          reagents in place of tannin, as alum, and some acids or
          chlorides, which are employed in certain processes of
    2. To make brown; to imbrown, as by exposure to the rays of
       the sun; as, to tan the skin.
  6. \Tan\, v. i.
    To get or become tanned.