- (countable, slang, archaic) A sailor. Often abbreviated to just tar.
- A hat made of, or covered with, painted or tarred cloth, worn by sailors and others.
- (countable) A heavy, waterproof sheet of material, often cloth, used as a cover.
"Throw a tarpaulin over that woodpile before it gets wet."
- (uncountable, nautical, obsolete) Canvas waterproofed with tar, used as a cover.
- (uncountable, obsolete) Any heavy, waterproof material used as a cover.