\ ˈtärp How to pronounce tarp (audio) \
plural tarps

Definition of tarp

: a piece of material (such as durable plastic or waterproofed canvas) used especially for protecting exposed objects or areas : tarpaulin The crewmen competed for a place to stand beneath the small tarp that covered part of the narrow deck.— Matt Potts This house, half of it's all burned up. They live there, the burned part's covered with a tarp, with their dogs, and they must have at least ten.— Katya Reno

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Already on Monday, park officials had removed a large, white tarp that had covered the original name of Curry Village, a campground in Yosemite Valley named after is founders who opened the rustic accommodations more than a century ago. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite settles trademark dispute — Ahwahnee, other historical names to return," 15 July 2019 During the worst of the storm, groups gathered under tarps covering Union Park’s fence, and some huddled under trees. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: Evacuation due to storms puts fest on pause ... temporarily," 20 July 2019 The pieces comprised an aluminum tent frame, like the ones many homeless people use, draped not in a tarp or a tent, but in an enormous Hawaiian state flag. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Indigenous Female Artists Take Center Stage in Hawaii," 12 July 2019 The tarp came onto the field after the top of the sixth inning, and the game was called after a delay. Staff Report, courant.com, "SeaWolves beat Yard Goats as rain cuts short game, series," 17 June 2019 The tarp came off and Colorado’s offensive onslaught continued with three-straight doubles — Desmond, McMahon and left fielder Raimel Tapia — and the Rockies hit 13 runs. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Rockies fall to Padres in run-happy Father’s Day defeat," 16 June 2019 The day after the tarp-tent test, the first sediment core from just off the Abbott Ice Shelf is brought onboard. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "These women are changing the landscape of Antarctic research," 7 Mar. 2019 At the end of a dirt path leading off the main road, more than a hundred people have gathered in plastic chairs under a tarp strung over tree limbs for the funeral. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Mourning refugees risk a war zone to bury their dead at home," 20 June 2019 Instead, by April, Jordan was out on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee, in cargo pants and heavy boots with only a tarp for a tent, his dog at his side. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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