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 Apply tar paper as a waterproof base over the plywood roof, then use roofing nails to secure the shingles to the plywood. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 July 2022 That same year, a two-room tar paper shack with no insulation or plumbing cost $60 a month (about $730 today). David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2022 Halfway between them was a shack made of pinewood and tar paper, where foremen presided by day and watchmen by night, protecting bricks, lumber, reinforcing rods, nails, wood screws, and double-point staples from thieves who would come to take them. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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 5 Oct. 2022.

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