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T'AR, noun [Eng. tare, in commerce.]

1. A thick resinous substance of a dark brown or black color, obtained from pine and fir trees, by burning the wood with a close smothering heat.

Tar inspissated is called pitch, and is much used in ships and cordage.

2. A sailor; so called form his tarred clothes.

T'AR, verb transitive To smear with tar; as, to tar ropes.

1. To tease; to provoke. [Not in use.]