plural tarps
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Soon the tarp was covered with bloody footprints from people butchering the animal. Matthew Brown, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2022 Soon the tarp was covered with bloody footprints from people butchering the animal. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2022 The Astros and Phillies worked out on the field Monday before the tarp was put down around 5 p.m. Dan Gelston, Chicago Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 The Astros and Phillies both worked out on the field Monday before the tarp was put down around 5 p.m. Dan Gelston, ajc, 1 Nov. 2022 The Astros and Phillies both worked out on the field Monday before the tarp was put down around 5 p.m. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 1 Nov. 2022 However, the tarp has been brought onto the field, with another meeting scheduled to take place at 5:45 p.m. CT. Josh Criswell, Chron, 31 Oct. 2022 Marshall Buhl confirms that the tarp wasn't tested in a timely way. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2022 The sky opened as Wandy Peralta finished his warmup tosses, the tarp was rolled out and a 1-hour, 28-minute delay followed. Jake Seiner, Hartford Courant, 2 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tarp was in 1906

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“Tarp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarp. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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