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English Dictionary: tarpaulin by the DICT Development Group
2 results for tarpaulin
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. waterproofed canvas
    Synonym(s): tarpaulin, tarp
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tarpaulin \Tar*pau"lin\, n. [Tar + palling a covering, pall to
      cover. See {Pall} a covering.]
      1. A piece of canvas covered with tar or a waterproof
            composition, used for covering the hatches of a ship,
            hammocks, boats, etc.
      2. A hat made of, or covered with, painted or tarred cloth,
            worn by sailors and others.
      3. Hence, a sailor; a seaman; a tar.
                     To a landsman, these tarpaulins, as they were
                     called, seemed a strange and half-savage race.
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