What is tar?

  • (noun): Any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue.
    Synonyms: pitch
    See also — Additional definitions below


Tar is modified pitch produced primarily from the wood and roots of pine by destructive distillation under pyrolysis. Production and trade in tar was a major contributor in the economies of Northern Europe and Colonial America, particularly North Carolina. Its main use was in preserving wooden vessels against rot. The largest user was the Royal Navy. Demand for tar declined with the advent of iron and steel ships.

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Tar, Hungary
... Tar is a village in Nógrád county, Hungary.There are some natural sourses near here, for ex ...
Tar Melanosis
... Tar melanosis (also known as "Melanodermatitis toxica lichenoides") is an occupational dermatosis that occurs among tar handlers after several years of exposure, characterized by a ...
List Of Númenóreans - S
... of the royal lineage of Númenor, the grandson of Tar-Meneldur and son of Ailinel, a sister of Tar-Aldarion ... Tolkien intended to write a story about Tar-Aldarion's daughter Tar-Ancalimë and her cousin Soronto, and how she married only to take away Soronto's chances at the throne ...
Shōtarō Ikenami
... Shōtarō Ikenami (池波 正太郎, Ikenami Shōtarō?, January 25, 1923 – May 3, 1990) was a Japanese author ...
List Of Númenóreans - M
... He was Tar-Aldarion's heir presumptive according to Númenórean Strict Agnatic Primogeniture (were Aldarion to die without leaving a son, prior to Númenor's Law of Succession changes, he would have ... were the senior direct descendants, since the heir of Tar-Ancalimë was fathered by a junior member of the family (Hallacar) ...

More definitions of "tar":

  • (verb): Coat with tar.
    Example: "Tar the roof"; "tar the roads"

Famous quotes containing the word tar:

    A thorough tar is unfit for any thing else; and what is more, this fact is the best evidence of his being a true sailor.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    The master, the swabber, the boatswain and I,
    The gunner and his mate,
    Loved Mall, Meg, and Marian and Margery,
    But none of us cared for Kate;
    For she had a tongue with a tang,
    Would cry to a sailor, ‘Go hang!’
    She loved not the savour of tar nor of pitch,
    Yet a tailor might scratch her where’er she did itch:
    Then to sea, boys, and let her go hang.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane like its whole constitution. It persecutes a principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)