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tar 1

 (tär)
n.
1. A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.
2. See coal tar.
3. A solid residue of tobacco smoke containing byproducts of combustion.
tr.v. tarred, tar·ring, tars
To coat with or as if with tar.
Idioms:
tar and feather
1. To punish (a person) by covering with tar and feathers.
2. To criticize severely and devastatingly; excoriate.
tarred with the same brush
Considered or described as having the same faults or bad qualities.

[Middle English, from Old English teru; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

tar 2

 (tär)
n. Informal
A sailor.

[Possibly short for tarpaulin.]
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tarring

(ˈtɑːrɪŋ)
n
1. (Building) the act of coating something with tar
2. (Civil Engineering) the act of coating something with tar
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tarring

[ˈtɑːrɪŋ] Nasfaltado m
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Molapowabojang/Mmathethe lawmaker also hastened to explain to Gasita populace that tarring of Motlhalawakgomo/Selokolela was covered under government policy to tar every access road within a radius of 10km from the main road.