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 Gallen said it’s not unusual for a baseball to have a little pine tar on it. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 Gallen figured the pine tar came from the bat of the Mets’ Francisco Lindor, who just got jammed on a pop out to third. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 Jay Howell caught with pine tar on his glove during Game 3 and suspended for two games. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 But the homer was overturned, and Brett ruled out, after umpires determined there was too much pine tar on Brett’s bat. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Nope, just because sunscreen and pine tar are eradicated doesn’t mean the field will suddenly tilt toward batters. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Pitchers have for decades used various foreign substances to give them a firmer grasp on the ball, ranging from sunscreen and Spider Tack, commonly used by powerlifters, to pine tar or even homemade concoctions. Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 After all, the league's offensive futility didn’t just disappear because pine tar and its stickier cousins were in the crosshairs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Gray hit in the previous half-inning and wiped pine tar on his leg. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pine tar

1855, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Pine tar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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