Tarpaulin

Noun

  • (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.

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