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tan 1

v. tanned, tan·ning, tans
1. To convert (an animal hide) into leather by subjecting it to a chemical process that stabilizes the proteins, making it less susceptible to decay.
a. To make (a person or a person's skin) darker by exposure to the sun.
b. To make (a person or a person's skin) darker by exposure to artificial sunlight or by the application of certain chemicals, often in the form of sprays or lotions.
3. Informal To thrash; beat.
To become darker from exposure to the sun or artificial sunlight, or from the application of certain chemicals.
1. A light or moderate yellowish brown to brownish orange.
a. A suntan.
b. An artificially created suntan.
3. Tanbark.
a. Tannin.
b. A solution derived from tannin.
adj. tan·ner, tan·nest
1. Light or moderate yellowish-brown to brownish-orange.
2. Having a suntan or the appearance of a suntan.
3. Used in or relating to tanning.

[Middle English tannen, from Old English *tannian, from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum, tanbark, probably of Celtic origin.]

tan′nish adj.

tan 2

abbr. Mathematics


n. pl. Tan or Tans
See Tanka.
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pl n
(Historical Terms) the Tans informal Irish short for the Black and Tans
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New York: Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'F1+' to the following tax anticipation notes (TANs) to be issued by DeKalb County, Georgia:
For example, Wolfgang Munchau has argued in the Financial Times that the Greeks could even introduce a parallel currency like government-issued debt instruments that can be used for limited purposes, such as "tax anticipation notes", which are IOUs backed by future tax revenue.
This growth in value can be borrowed against to provide upfront funding for the regeneration scheme and to pay for infrastructure costs by "pay as you go", bond finance or Tax Anticipation Notes.
Some listed multiple reasons, and some (3 percent) chose "other" --these responses included loss of state aid, refund of fire service fee, and using the fund balance instead of issuing bonds or tax anticipation notes. The average amount of the unassigned fund balance used was 11.58 percent, but the amount used ranged from .95 percent to 45.88 percent.
Tax anticipation notes are sometimes used by cities and other local governments to borrow cash that they later pay back with tax revenue, although both the Eugene and Bethel districts say they have never used the debt instrument before.
Selectmen signed another $250,000 in tax anticipation notes Wednesday because taxpayers are not sending in voluntary tax payments as officials requested.
Securities and Exchange Commission, assigned an 'F1+' rating to the following State of Idaho tax anticipation notes (TANs): --$550 million series 2018.
These mechanisms include loans, tax anticipation notes and some reserves.
Petersen signed tax anticipation notes totaling $1,150,000.
Blodgett said, the town has borrowed $1.35 million in tax anticipation notes since July 1 to pay fiscal 2007 bills.