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Meaning of TARPAULIN

Pronunciation:  târ'polin

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  waterproofed canvas
 

TARPAULIN is a 9 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: tarp
 
 See Also: canvas, canvass

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tar*pau"lin\, n. [Tar + palling a covering, pall to
cover. See {Pall} a covering.]
1. A piece of canvas covered with tar or a waterproof
   composition, used for covering the hatches of a ship,
   hammocks, boats, etc.

2. A hat made of, or covered with, painted or tarred cloth,
   worn by sailors and others.

3. Hence, a sailor; a seaman; a tar.

         To a landsman, these tarpaulins, as they were
         called, seemed a strange and half-savage race.
                                               --Macaulay.

 

 

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