noun[mass noun] North American
Paper impregnated with tar, used as a building material.
- Damage to the houses was repaired with the least expensive materials: tarpaper covered holes in walls and roofs and water-resistant metallic paint filled in thin roof areas.
- The runways were lengthened and tarpaper shacks and other buildings were built in a matter of a few months.
- On the way we pass through Chinle again, past the Navajo single wides, sometimes repaired with bits of plywood, dirt yards, a junker or two out front, quite often a Hogan, made either of logs or plywood and tarpaper out front too.
- Example sentences
- Her house was a small tarpapered structure that had neither electricity nor plumbing.
- Whoever built this put a lot of care into it - the roof was tarpapered and waterproof, and the remains of a moat surrounded the castle.
- This one has tarpapered walls and a corrugated asbestos roof added, but you can just make out the joists sitting on the top beam and part of the roof structure.
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