tar paper


Definition of tar paper

: a heavy paper coated or impregnated with tar for use especially in building

Examples of tar paper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early years, many lived crammed into tar paper shacks and ragged teepees in the area around Great Falls. New York Times, "125 Years Later, Native American Tribe in Montana Gets Federal Recognition," 1 Feb. 2020 The dirt includes chunks of tar paper, cinder blocks and pieces of metal. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "She found an ad for free dirt. Her yard was buried by more than 100 truckloads.," 5 Nov. 2019 The texture of the strips of wood that held the tar paper intact, the crawl space underneath the barrack ... all those memories came back. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, "The Uneven Historical Horror of The Terror: Infamy," 2 Sep. 2019 The texture of the strips of wood that held the tar paper intact, the crawl space underneath the barrack. Los Angeles Times, "For Japanese Americans, ‘The Terror’ is personal," 9 Aug. 2019 The quilt and illustrations focus on her childhood in Harlem in the 1930s when her family would have picnics and sleep out under the stars on the tar paper roof of their building. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Faith Ringgold's famous ‘story quilts’ come to the Crocker | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Things got heated and their relationship crumbled and there just wasn't enough bracing and tar paper to patch all the holes. Author: Shannyn Moore, Alaska Dispatch News, "Compromise works — but health care bill is no compromise," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of tar paper

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Tar paper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tar%20paper. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tar paper

US : a heavy type of paper covered with tar that is used especially in roofs

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