tarpaulin

noun tar·pau·lin \ tär-ˈpȯ-lən , ˈtär-pə- ; nonstandard tär-ˈpōl-yən \
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

Definition of tarpaulin

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

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Origin and Etymology of tarpaulin

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


TARPAULIN Defined for English Language Learners

tarpaulin

noun

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

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

Definition of tarpaulin for Students

: a sheet of waterproof canvas


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