Tarpaulin meaning

tär-pôlĭn, tärpə-
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Material, such as waterproofed canvas, used to cover and protect things from moisture.
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(archaic) A sailor; tar.
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A sheet of this material.
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A sheet of waterproof material, specif. canvas coated or impregnated with a waterproofing compound, for spreading over something to protect it as from weather damage.
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(countable) A heavy, waterproof sheet of material, often cloth, used as a cover.

Throw a tarpaulin over that woodpile before it gets wet.

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(countable, slang, archaic) A sailor. Often abbreviated to just tar.
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A hat made of, or covered with, painted or tarred cloth, worn by sailors and others.
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Origin of tarpaulin

  • Probably alteration of tar pall –ing

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From tar + pall (“heavy canvas") + -ing.

    From Wiktionary