What does the word tarpaulin mean?

Usage examples for tarpaulin

  1. In the early morning he spread a tarpaulin on the ice, loaded it with three- quarters of a ton, and started to pull. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  2. Now hang that tarpaulin against the mouth of the cave and be sure it is close; then we may again have some light upon the matter. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  3. The servants handed him out the great cans they used at school- teas, full of hot coffee, and baskets of bread, and he placed them in the boat, covering them with a tarpaulin. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald