Definitions for tartɑr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tartɑr(n.; v.; adj.)tarred, tar•ring

  1. (n.)any of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances, as coal or wood.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. coal-tar pitch.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. smoke solids or components:

    cigarette tar.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. (v.t.)to smear or cover with or as if with tar.

  5. (adj.)of or characteristic of tar.

  6. covered or smeared with tar.

Idioms for tar:

  1. beat, knock, or whale the tar out of,to beat mercilessly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. tar and feather, to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment or humiliation.

    Category: Idiom

  3. tar with the same brush, to regard as having the same unfavorable qualities as one whose shortcomings are known.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tar:

bef. 900; (n.) ME tarr(e), ter(re), OE teru, c. MD tar, ter(re), ON tjara; ME terren, OE tierwian


  1. a sailor.

    Category: Informal

Origin of tar:

1740–50; perh. short for tarpaulin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pitch, tar(noun)

    any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue

  2. mariner, seaman, tar, Jack-tar, Jack, old salt, seafarer, gob, sea dog(verb)

    a man who serves as a sailor

  3. tar(verb)

    coat with tar

    "tar the roof"; "tar the roads"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tar(noun)ɑr

    a thick black substance used to make the surface of a road

  2. tarɑr

    a black substance produced when tobacco burns

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tar(noun)

    a sailor; a seaman

  2. Tar(noun)

    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

  3. Tar(verb)

    to smear with tar, or as with tar; as, to tar ropes; to tar cloth


  1. Tar

    Tar is a Persian long-necked, waisted instrument, shared by many cultures and countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Azerbaijan, and other areas near the Caucasus region. The word tar itself means "string" in Persian, though it might have the same meaning in languages influenced by Persian or any other branches of Iranian languages like Kurdish. This has led some Iranian experts to hold that the Tar must be common among all the Iranian people as well as the territories that are boldly named as Iranian Cultural Continent by the Encyclopædia Iranica. This is claimed to be the root of the names of the Iranian setar and the guitar as well as less widespread instruments such as the dutar and the Indian sitar. Though it was certainly developed in the Persian Empire, the exact region in which it was first made and played in the Persian Empire cannot be confirmed. Tar is one of the most important musical instruments in Iran and the Caucasus. The formation, compilation, edition, and inheritance of the most authentic and most comprehensive versions of radif are all worked on tar. The general trends of Persian classical music have been deeply influenced by tar players. In 2012 art of Azerbaijani craftsmanship and performance art of the tar was added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Anagrams of tar

  1. Art

  2. Rat

  3. RTA

Translations for tar

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any of several kinds of thick, black, sticky material obtained from wood, coal etc and used eg in roadmaking.

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