from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.
- n. Coal tar.
- n. A solid residue of tobacco smoke containing byproducts of combustion.
- transitive v. To coat with or as if with tar.
- idiom tar and feather To punish (a person) by covering with tar and feathers.
- idiom tar and feather To criticize severely and devastatingly; excoriate.
- idiom tarred with the same brush Having the same faults or bad qualities.
- n. Informal A sailor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A black, oily, sticky, viscous substance, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons derived from organic materials such as wood, peat, or coal.
- n. Coal tar.
- n. A solid residual byproduct of tobacco smoke.
- n. A sailor, because of their tarpaulin clothes. Also Jack Tar.
- n. black tar, a form of heroin
- v. To coat with tar.
- n. A program for archiving files, common on Unix.
- n. A file produced by such a program.
- v. To create a tar archive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sailor; a seaman.
- n. A thick, black, viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood, coal, etc., and having a varied composition according to the temperature and material employed in obtaining it.
- transitive v. To smear with tar, or as with tar
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small silver coin formerly current on the Malabar coast, especially at Tellicherri and Calicut. Sixteen tars of Calicut equal one fanam; one tar of Tellicherri is equivalent to four reas, and one hundred tars equal one rupee.
- n. A thick dark-colored viscid product obtained by the destructive distillation of organic substances and bituminous minerals, as wood, coal, peat, shale, etc.
- To smear with tar; figuratively, to cover as with tar.
- To incite; provoke; hound.
- n. A sailor: so called from his tarred clothes, hands, etc. Also Jack Tar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man who serves as a sailor
- v. coat with tar
- n. any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
Middle English, from Old English teru; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
Possibly short for tarpaulin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English terr, tarr, from Old English teoru, teru, from Proto-Germanic *terwan (compare West Frisian tarre, Dutch teer), from Proto-Indo-European *deru̯o (compare Welsh derw ‘oaks’, Lithuanian dervà ‘pinewood, resin’, Russian дерево (dérevo) ‘tree’), from *dóru ‘tree’. More at tree. (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of tape archive. (Wiktionary)