• WordNet 3.6
    • n turps volatile liquid distilled from turpentine oleoresin; used as paint thinner and solvent and medicinally
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turps A workmen's name for the oil or spirit of turpentine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turps oil or spirits of turpentine
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. turbentine—L. terebinthina (resina), (the resin) of the terebinth—Gr. terebinthos.


In literature:

Moistening the rag slightly with turps he carefully removed the paint from Sweater's sleeve.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell
Aeque turpe frigide laudari ac insectanter vituperari.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Oil of turpentine (turps).
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Turps-cut varnish is liable to loosen the paint, thus necessitating entire re-finishing.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
There is no good in taking up with the brush a large quantity of lye or turps, and to shed it at once.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
Unde et in thoro turpe, in bello mori decus putant.
"Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Ancient Welsh Bards" by Evan Evans
Turpe igitur aliquid interdum voluisti, quod supra negaveras.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
It is, I think, copal, poppy oil, and turps.
"The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton" by Mrs. Russell Barrington
For years the boughs and the turp of the trees had been dropping down.
"Boy Scouts in the Northwest" by G. Harvey Ralphson
To prepare the first oil, half fill a cup with pure turps, stand it in a saucer, and spill a little over the sides of the cup.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox