pine tar

noun

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

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Should pine tar or other substances be legalized to help pitchers grip the ball? Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 Pitchers skirt the rules and use pine tar, Bullfrog sunscreen or other substances to gain a grip on the ball when the weather is cold or steamy; its use is widely acknowledged, and our respondents seem to be OK with that. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 Some are still gooey from pine tar; others have been broken by a fastball fired a half-century ago. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "This guy has 757 Red Sox bats, and each one tells a story," 5 July 2018 Making his first start since sparking a Twitter spat by suggesting Houston pitchers may be using pine tar, Bauer (2-3) retired his first 13 batters in order on 45 pitches, then needed 41 pitches to get the final two outs of the fifth. Ronald Blum, courant.com, "Yankees Beat Indians For 14th Win In 15 Games," 5 May 2018 Equipment manager Spencer Dallin and his staff also packed things like pine tar, rosin bags, batting tees and balls for the batting cage and special laundry detergent that are usually provided by the home team. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres excited for experience of series in Mexico," 3 May 2018 Pitching labs have since figured out there is a way to improve the spin rate: load up pine tar or a similar sticky substance on your fingers. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Trevor Bauer's Veiled Accusations of the Astros May Have Merit ... But They're Probably Personal," 2 May 2018 Then Bauer chimed in: More musings about how spin rate might be affected by bubble gum or pine tar followed. Billy Witz, New York Times, "How Is the Astros’ Pitching So Good? Trevor Bauer Has Theories," 1 May 2018 The players fixated on where Harper made contact: On the thinnest portion of the bat, an area slathered with pine tar. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Matt Kemp, Yasmani Grandal punish former team in Dodgers' 10-3 win," 17 Apr. 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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pine tar

noun

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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