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 Ripping shingles, tar paper and timbers from the roofs of houses, uprooting trees and demoralizing traffic, a miniature tornado swept through the city at midnight last night. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 The county had built several freestanding buildings of plywood and tar paper in an attempt to hold the overflowing students. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 21 Dec. 2020 Roofers working at a Chula Vista strip mall Thursday morning accidentally set some tar paper on fire while working with a tarring hot mop on the roof, officials said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2020 In the early years, many lived crammed into tar paper shacks and ragged teepees in the area around Great Falls. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2020 The dirt includes chunks of tar paper, cinder blocks and pieces of metal. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 16 Mar. 2018

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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 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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