pine tar


Definition of pine tar

: tar obtained by destructive distillation of pinewood and used especially in roofing and soaps and in the treatment of skin diseases

Examples of pine tar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bushy beard, the pine tar stain on the back of his No. 10 Los Angeles Dodgers jersey and all of those postseason hits. Stephen Hawkins,, "Former Oriole Justin Turner leads Dodgers past Rays in Game 3 of World Series," 23 Oct. 2020 It’s a Louisville Slugger, model C-271, 34 inches, 32 ounces, with a light coat of pine tar on the lower handle. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'I had totally forgotten': Autographed Michael Jordan bat rediscovered in car trunk 26 years later," 18 Sep. 2020 Batters are asked not to share pine tar sticks or batting donuts for warmup swings. Dallas News, "Curious Texas: Here are your answers to the Rangers’ upcoming 2020 season," 23 July 2020 In the meantime, will MLB change the rules on the sport’s most obvious non-secret, the pine tar and other sticky substances that pitchers use to get a better grip on the ball? Ben Walker, The Denver Post, "Beanballs, boos, lost legacy? Astros, MLB brace for fallout from sign-stealing scandal.," 21 Jan. 2020 Hitters will carry their own pine tar and donut to the on-deck circle. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Why MLB’s stringent COVID-19 guidelines will make the return to baseball anything but normal," 25 June 2020 For that matter, bring your own pine tar to the on-deck circle, your own rosin bag to the mound. John Shea,, "No Buster hugs or sharing doughnuts: 20 odd protocols for baseball in 2020," 24 June 2020 But he was called out by umpire Tim McClelland after Yankees manager Billy Martin protested that Brett had too much pine tar on his bat, giving the Yankes the victory. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why Armando Galarraga's game is 'perfect,' even if baseball will never call it that," 31 May 2020 Why, pitchers are even asked to bring their own rosin bag to the mound, with batters taking their own pine tar and batting donuts to and from the on-deck circle. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB sends union, players 'daunting' health protocols on how to play game safely in a pandemic," 16 May 2020

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Pine tar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of pine tar

: tar obtained from the wood of pine trees (genus Pinus and especially P. palustris) and used in soaps and in the treatment of skin diseases

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