tarpaulin

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noun tar·pau·lin \tär-ˈpȯ-lən, ˈtär-pə-; ÷tär-ˈpōl-yən\

Definition of tarpaulin

  1. 1 :  a piece of material (as durable plastic) used for protecting exposed objects or areas

  2. 2 :  sailor

Origin and Etymology of tarpaulin

probably from 1tar + -palling, -pauling (from pall)


First Known Use: 1605


TARPAULIN Defined for English Language Learners

tarpaulin

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noun tar·pau·lin \tär-ˈpȯ-lən, ˈtär-pə-; ÷tär-ˈpōl-yən\

Definition of tarpaulin for English Language Learners

  • : a large piece of waterproof material (such as plastic or canvas) that is used to cover things and keep them dry


TARPAULIN Defined for Kids

tarpaulin

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noun tar·pau·lin \tär-ˈpȯ-lən, ˈtär-pə-lən\

Definition of tarpaulin for Students

  1. :  a sheet of waterproof canvas


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