Part of speech: noun

A water- proof canvas for covering merchandise.

Part of speech: noun

A sailors wide- brimmed storm- hat.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", George MacDonald.