\ 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

Examples of tarp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Always a carry a shelter, a tarp with ropes, tent or bivy that will keep you protected if a surprise fall storm sweeps through, common, even amid wildfires. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trapped in a wilderness fire? Here’s how to survive," 10 Sep. 2020 For a few years, for instance, local farmers were protecting their haystacks in the field by covering them with a loose tarp. Washington Post, "The owl pellet economy: Meet the entrepreneurs who’ve devoted their lives to bird vomit," 26 Aug. 2020 If cold is forecast, protect your tomatoes by blanketing them with a tarp or wrapping them in newspaper. oregonlive, "It’s tomato time in Oregon: Tips for ripening, picking and preserving your harvest," 28 Aug. 2020 Just as the Twins’ emerged from their dugout three hours before first pitch to loosen up and hit some homers, so did the grounds crew, with instructions to cover the infield with a tarp. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "No batting practice, but Twins are ready for AL Central "showdown"," 24 Aug. 2020 Their next-door neighbors, Marc Hansen and his wife, Denise Newman, have a huge blue tarp ballooning over their home. Peg Quann, USA TODAY, "Aftermath: Tornado, flooding leave long-term needs in Bucks communities," 20 Aug. 2020 The grounds crew had a discussion with the umpires and was told to place the tarp on the field. Mike Haim, Star Tribune, "Rays-Jays halted by rain; finish Sunday, then 7-inning game," 15 Aug. 2020 After a while, Stemen asked one of the FBI agents to go into the Autozone and purchase a blue tarp to cover the vehicle. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber," 12 Aug. 2020 With the bed dismantled, place it on a tarp or dropcloth (ideally outside). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Revive Antique Metal Furniture With Spray Paint," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tarp

1906, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Tarp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarp. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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