• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tannage A tanning; the act, operation, or result of tanning. "They should have got his cheek fresh tannage ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tannage The act of tanning, or the state of being tanned; especially, the tanning of leather which is prepared by soaking in an infusion of bark. See tan, transitive verb
    • n tannage The bark or other substance used in tanning.
    • n tannage In the manufacture of so-called artificial marble, the process of steeping cast slabs of the material in a weak solution of potash alum, for the purpose of hardening the composition and rendering it insoluble. Also tanning.
    • n tannage Browning from exposure to the sun and air, as the human skin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tannage act of tanning: browning from exposure to the sun: the act of steeping cast slabs of artificial marble in a solution of potash alum to harden it and make it insoluble
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tannian; cf. Dut. tanen, or prob. O. Fr. tan—Bret. tann, an oak. If the latter, then Old High Ger. tanna (Ger. tanne), fir, oak, is borrowed.


In literature:

They should have got his cheek fresh tannage Such a day as to-day in the merry sunshine!
"Dramatic Romances" by Robert Browning
The advantages of the oak tannage are as fully appreciated here as in the United States.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891" by Various
Mrs Wilson's a throughgaun quean, and clears mair than a hunder a-year by the Tannage.
"The Shepherd's Calendar" by James Hogg
Those leathers which are intended to remain on the shelves for many decades, should be in this tannage.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
Four types of sole butt tannage will now be described, all of which illustrate the methods employed in a modern mixed tannage.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett