\ 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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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 Evanston officials have brought one sidewalk piano in for repair and have draped a protective tarp over another after recent weeks of cold weather and frequent rain. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston looks to protect, repair outdoor pianos after wet spring," 24 June 2019 The scoreless game was paused with one out in the bottom of the third inning as the grounds crew quickly unrolled the tarp over the infield. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds enter rain delay for 2nd straight day in 3rd inning against Houston Astros," 17 June 2019 Soon after, the grounds crew came running out with the tarp and rain started pouring down. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Bullpen gives up four as Twins fall to Indians," 6 June 2019 The kit comes with a 58-inch by 58-inch by 48-inch frame, a ground tarp, and four packets of seeds—two packets of sweet pea and two of Blue Lake beans. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Kids Can Now Grow Their Own Secret Garden Fort," 10 May 2019 Close it off with a plastic tarp to keep in the warmth. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "How to Build a Better Snow Fort," 18 Dec. 2018 Automakers often employ some kind of tarp or netting to protect the cars, but Volkswagen’s Mexico factory took a different route, building multiple hail cannons to ward of bad weather. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Farmers Accuse Volkswagen of Causing a Drought With Its Weather Machines," 23 Aug. 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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