Definitions for: Tar


[n] a man who serves as a sailor
[n] any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
[v] cover with tar or asphalt, of roads
[v] coat with tar, as of roofs



Webster (1913) Definition: Tar, n. [Abbrev. from tarpaulin.]
A sailor; a seaman. [Colloq.] --Swift.


Tar, n. [OE. terre, tarre, AS. teru, teoru; akin to D.
teer, G. teer, theer, Icel. tjara, Sw. tj["a]ra, Dan.
ti[ae]re, and to E. tree. [root]63. See Tree.]
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.

Coal tar. See in the Vocabulary.

Mineral tar (Min.), a kind of soft native bitumen.

Tar board, a strong quality of millboard made from junk and
old tarred rope. --Knight.

Tar water.
(a) A cold infusion of tar in water, used as a medicine.
(b) The ammoniacal water of gas works.

Wood tar, tar obtained from wood. It is usually obtained by
the distillation of the wood of the pine, spruce, or fir,
and is used in varnishes, cements, and to render ropes,
oakum, etc., impervious to water.


Tar, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tarred; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tarring.]
To smear with tar, or as with tar; as, to tar ropes; to tar
cloth.

To tar and feather a person. See under Feather, v. t.

Synonyms: asphalt, gob, Jack, Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, pitch, sea dog, seafarer, seaman

See Also: able seaman, able-bodied seaman, bargee, bargeman, bitumen, boatswain, bo's'n, bos'n, bosun, bo'sun, coal tar, coat, crewman, deckhand, helmsman, lighterman, officer, pave, pilot, roustabout, sailor, sea lawyer, ship's officer, steerer, steersman, surface, whaler

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