• WordNet 3.6
    • v tar coat with tar "tar the roof","tar the roads"
    • n tar a man who serves as a sailor
    • n tar any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include "smack," "H," "skag," and "junk." Other names may refer to types of heroin produced in a specific geographical area, such as "Mexican black tar."
    • n Tar A sailor; a seaman.
    • n Tar 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.
    • v. t Tar To smear with tar, or as with tar; as, to tar ropes; to tar cloth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used in barbecues. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.
    • n tar 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 tar A thick dark-colored viscid product obtained by the destructive distillation of organic substances and bituminous minerals, as wood, coal, peat, shale, etc. Wood-tar, such as the Archangel, Stockholm, and American tars of commerce, is generally prepared by a very rude process. A conical cavity is dug in the side of a bank or a steep hill, and a cast-iron pan is placed at the bottom, from which leads a spout into a barrel for collecting the tar. Billets of wood (such as pine or fir) are thrown into this cavity, and, being covered with turf, are slowly burned without flame. The wood chiefly used in Europe is that of the Scotch pine, Pinus sylvestris, and the Siberian larch, Larix Sibirica; in the United States, that of the long-leaved pine, Pinus palustris. Most of the tar produced in the United States is made in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. In England wood-tar is chiefly obtained as a by-product in the destructive distillation of wood for the manufacture of wood-vinegar (pyroligneous acid) and wood-spirit (methyl alcohol). It has an acid reaction, and contains various liquid matters, of which the principal are methyl-acetate, acetone, hydrocarbons of the benzene series, and a number of oxidized compounds, as carbolic acid. Paraffin, anthracene, naphthalene, chrys-ene, etc., are found among its solid products. It possesses valuable antiseptic properties, owing to the creosote it contains, and is used extensively for coating and preserving timber and iron in exposed situations, and for impregnating ships' ropes and cordage. Coal-tar is extensively obtained in the process of gas-manufacture. It is a very valuable substance, the compounds obtained from it forming the basis of many chemical manufactures. See coal-tar.
    • tar To smear with tar; figuratively, to cover as with tar.
    • tar To incite; provoke; hound.
    • n tar A sailor: so called from his tarred clothes, hands, etc. Also Jack Tar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including at least 50 that cause, initiate or promote cancer such as tar, ammonia, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and benzopyrene.
    • v.t Tar tär to set on, incite to fight.
    • n Tar tär a viscous, liquid, resinous substance of a dark colour, obtained from pine-trees: a sailor, so called from his tarred clothes
    • v.t Tar to smear with tar:—pr.p. tar′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. tarred
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Beat the tar out of - When you want to beat the tar out of someone, you want to beat them up badly.
Spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar - (UK) If someone spoils the ship for a ha'pworth (halfpenny's worth) of tar, they spoil something completely by trying to make a small economy.
Tar baby - A tar baby is a problem that gets worse when people try to sort it out.
Tar with the same brush - If people are tarred with the same brush, they are said to have the same set of attributes or faults as someone they are associated with.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. terre, tarre, AS. teru, teoru,; akin to D. teer, G. teer, theer, Icel. tjara, Sw. tjära, Dan. tiære, and to E. tree,. √63. See Tree


In literature:

In Tom's eyes the cask of tar was the most valuable.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
The valet on this jumping up, seized my head between his knees, and began, in spite of my struggles, covering my face with tar.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
The hearts of the British tars beat high.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
There was plenty of canvas, and a cask of Stockholm tar was found.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
P'raps Tony might help keep yuh from bein' whipped, er tarred an' feathered.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
Don't be a deceiver, you `Breetish tar!
"Jarwin and Cuffy" by R.M. Ballantyne
They were rubbed with a composition of reindeer fat and tar.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
A wild Yankee cheer rose, which was promptly echoed by the British tars of the patrol boat.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
The boy is provided with a tar bucket and brush.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox

In poetry:

Behold, approaching to the shore,
The tars, lamenting, bow their head!
Poor Sherriff wounded to the core,
And, for his king and country, dead!
"The Curieux" by John Mayne
And I have learned to read the face
Of many a rude yet kindly tar;
So loves the human eye to trace
The lines of brotherhood afar;
So longs the human heart to love
Something, beneath, around, above.
"The Oceanides XII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
Ye Sons of true Freedom! let's drink, and let's sing;
Our Glasses charg'd high, to the Health of the King;
To each honest Tar, and all honest Souls,
Who love Fighting in Earnest, and full flowing Bowls.
"An Antigallican Song" by Cornelius Arnold
CAPT. Good fellow, in conundrums you are speaking,
Sing hey, the mystic sailor that you are;
The answer to them vainly I am seeking;
Sing hey, the merry maiden and the tar.
BOTH. The merry maiden and the tar.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
DICK. Kind Captain, your young lady is a-sighing,
Sing hey, the simple captain that you are,
This very might with Rackstraw to be flying;
Sing hey, the merry maiden and the tar.
BOTH. The merry maiden and the tar.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Chorus: Who true bushmen are, etc.
Then fill, fill your glasses, a toast I'll give you, then,
To you who call yourselves true-hearted men.
Here's a health to the soldier and eke the jolly tar,
And may they always meet good friends as we bushmen are.
"The Bushman" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Filling the Gaps in the Tar Heel State .
Busting out of a career tar pit .
I guess we all should be grateful BP didn't morph the entire Gulf of Mexico into the Tar Pit of Mexico.
Tar Heel ChalleNGe Academy is a branch of the National Guard and has been working for 19 years in Salemburg with troubled and at-risk youth.
Sex fling tars 'Snow White.
A Tar Heel teachable moment.
Well, there's no longer tar on La Brea Avenue, either ( brea being Spanish for "tar," you know).
"Amazing" Atmosphere Surrounds Terps' 92-71 Throttling of Tar Heels.
North Carolina freshman Kendall Marshall got his first start with the Tar Heels in their win over Clemson on Tuesday.
Toni Morrison reacts to an Oberlin student praising her early novel, "Tar Baby", in March.
Drafting a Tar Heel a good way pump talent into NBA team.
Dean Smith, Basketball, University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
This SI Vault Sports Illustrated cover from 12.22.97 features Dean Smith, Basketball, University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
Young folks, please hold the tar and feathers until you hear me out.
Tar Heels have easy time with Nevada.

In science:

The variable s tar “V ” identification numbers are listed in the first column, and the previous star identification numbers (for the Kadla et al. (1995) candidat e variables) are listed in the second column.
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
Cluster s tars may therefore more efficiently serve for the study of changes in mixing-sensitive abundances and for the search of anomalies in chemical compositions.
Lithium abundances and extra mixing processes in evolved stars of M67
Stellar mass black hole (M ≈ 4 − 15 M⊙ ) should thus represent the final state of stellar evolution of every heavier s tar.
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
The input to the construction, an (automata) subtyping problem, is a triple (taL , ba, taR) where taL and taR are binding-tree automata and ba is an automata bounds.
Subtyping for F-Bounded Quantifiers and Equirecursive Types (Extended Version)
First, I define how problem states are promoted, that is, if they are variables they are replaced with their bounds, as follows: q ֒→(taL ,ba,taR ) (n, i) if lf (q) = fv(n), n ∈ dom(ba), and i is the initial state of ba(n); and q ֒→stp δ(q ′ , L) if lf (q) = bv(q ′ , ℓ).
Subtyping for F-Bounded Quantifiers and Equirecursive Types (Extended Version)