\ 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 Thankfully, the careening kitty was caught by fans who held an American flag as a makeshift rescue tarp. NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 Veteran newsman Dennis House will emcee the event, at which a tarp will be removed from each bear. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Even with tarp covering a huge swath of seats in the north end zone, the place looked absolutely empty. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2021 One video appears to show a tarp covering the massive pile, which had taken over almost the entire driveway by that point. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 10 Aug. 2021 Video recorded by OnScene TV shows a body covered with a yellow tarp near a motorcycle. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2021 Sandboxes can be covered with a tarp when not in use, and rake sand under playground equipment to help deter the wasp. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 31 July 2021 Somsak Betlao covered the outboard motor on his traditional wooden longtail boat with a tarp, wrapping up another day on Phuket’s Patong beach where not a single tourist needed his services shuttling them to nearby islands. Time, 30 June 2021 One student forgot to cover his tent with a protective tarp. New York Times, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of tarp

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Tarp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarp. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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