tarpaulin


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tar·pau·lin

 (tär-pô′lĭn, tär′pə-)
n.
1. Material, such as waterproofed canvas, used to cover and protect things from moisture.
2. A sheet of this material.

[Probably alteration of tar + pall + -ing.]

tarpaulin

(tɑːˈpɔːlɪn)
n
1. (Textiles) a heavy hard-wearing waterproof fabric made of canvas or similar material coated with tar, wax, or paint, for outdoor use as a protective covering against moisture
2. (Textiles) a sheet of this fabric
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a hat of or covered with this fabric, esp a sailor's hat
4. (Nautical Terms) a rare word for seaman
[C17: probably from tar1 + pall1 + -ing1]

tar•pau•lin

(tɑrˈpɔ lɪn, ˈtɑr pə lɪn)

n.
1. a sheet of waterproofed canvas or other material used as a protective covering for objects exposed to the weather.
2. a sailor.
[1595–1605; earlier tarpauling]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tarpaulin - waterproofed canvastarpaulin - waterproofed canvas      
canvas, canvass - a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
Translations
تَرْبولين: قِماش مع قُطران سَدود للماءمُشَمَّع
celtovinanepromokavá plachta
imprægneret presenningpresenningsstof
merimiesöljykankainen suojapeite
cerada
vízhatlan ponyva
segldúkur
タール塗り防水布
방수 시트
brezentas
brezents
nepremokavá plachta
presenning
ผ้าใบอาบน้ำมันใช้ทำผ้าคลุมกันฝน
vải dầu

tarpaulin

[tɑːˈpɔːlɪn] Nlona f alquitranada

tarpaulin

[tɑːrˈpɔːlɪn] nbâche f goudronnée

tarpaulin

n
(= waterproof sheet)Plane f; (Naut) → Persenning f
tarpaulins pl (= clothes)Ölzeug nt

tarpaulin

[tɑːˈpɔːlɪn] n (waterproof cover) → (tela) incerata

tarpaulin

(taːˈpoːlin) noun
(a sheet of) a kind of strong waterproof material. He covered his car with a (sheet of) tarpaulin.

tarpaulin

مُشَمَّع celtovina presenningsstof Plane μουσαμάς lona öljykankainen suojapeite bâche cerada telone impermeabile タール塗り防水布 방수 시트 geteerd zeildoek presenning brezent lona impermeabilizada, oleado брезент presenning ผ้าใบอาบน้ำมันใช้ทำผ้าคลุมกันฝน tente vải dầu 防水油布
References in classic literature ?
When he entered I observed that he carried no umbrella, and certainly had not come in his carriage, for his tarpaulin hat ran down with melting sleet, and his great pilot cloth jacket seemed almost to drag him to the floor with the weight of the water it had absorbed.
What does this here blessed tarpaulin go and do,' said Mr.
It was protected from the weather by an ingenious little tarpaulin contrivance in the nature of an umbrella.
The courtyard, formerly open to the sky, was now roofed in with dusty glass; the nymph that had once poured out the water of the fountain was barren and mutilated; and the bath was partly covered in with loose boards, the exposed part accommodating a heap of coals in one corner, a heap of potatoes in another, a beer barrel, some old carpets, a tarpaulin, and a broken canoe.
An old seaman, bronzed by the tropical sun, advanced, twirling the remains of a tarpaulin between his hands.
Well, you mark my words, as that cloud 'ull spread o'er the sky pretty nigh as quick as you'd spread a tarpaulin over one o' your hay-ricks.
By degrees he rose to the rank of a chief, espoused one of the beauties of the island, and became habituated and reconciled to his new way of life; thinking it better, perhaps, to rule among savages than serve among white men; to be a feathered chief than a tarpaulin boatswain.
The gentlemanly man, with feeble and deprecatory gestures, and in the manner of a hypnotised person, produced an excellent large tarpaulin.
The stave was still there, and on it Starkey had hung his hat, a deep tarpaulin, watertight, with a broad brim.
Borckman directed several of the boat's crew in the rigging up of a thin tarpaulin, like a curtain along the shore side of the Arangi.
The second officer sewed me up next day with a needle he'd made out of an ivory toothpick and with twine he twisted out of the threads from a frayed tarpaulin.
The shattered wreck of the lifeboat they had held lay on the fiddley beside the smashed engine-room skylight, which was covered by a tarpaulin.