Definition of pine tar in US English:

pine tar


  • A thick, sticky liquid obtained from the destructive distillation of pinewood, used in soap, roofing, and medicinally for skin infections.

    • ‘Reflecting on the event, Brett admitted that the bat with which he stroked his 3,000th hit actually had more pine tar on it than the famous one residing in Cooperstown.’
    • ‘Be sure to dry your skis well, using a rag to wipe off any excess wax remover and then allow the skis to air dry for at least 30 minutes before applying the pine tar.’
    • ‘The ‘Pine Tar Incident’ erupted when Yankees manager Billy Martin invoked an obscure rule when he saw that Brett's bat was illegally smeared with pine tar.’
    • ‘It also exported great volumes of copper and pine tar.’
    • ‘They're edgier than the Strokes, flirtier than Gang of Four, and catchier than a Yankees glove smeared with pine tar.’
    • ‘The bat also looks like it might have a bit too much pine tar, but that's another story.’
    • ‘These games offer baseball that's so realistic you might be tempted to smear pine tar on your PlayStation (but try not to - it'll probably void your warranty).’
    • ‘Amari searched around and found a long stick that was sticky with pine tar.’
    • ‘Baseball rules clearly state that you cannot use any foreign substance on the baseball to gain an advantage - no pine tar, Vaseline, sandpaper, shaving cream, whatever.’
    • ‘In the photograph below, you can see that he bats without batting gloves and keeps his helmet coated with pine tar.’
    • ‘‘I think by the time Robby was done, the glove mainly consisted of pine tar and chew spit,’ Aurilia said.’
    • ‘Occasionally, so would an opposing batter, like Bill Madlock, who on one occasion waited until Hrabosky finished his routine, then walked to the on-deck circle for some pine tar to apply to his bat.’
    • ‘The chest was made of dark wood, probably lighter in earlier days and then darkened by years of cleaning with pine tar.’
    • ‘The soap contains itch-neutralizing ingredients like jewelweed, pine tar, and clay.’
    • ‘Whatever you need - bats, gum, pine tar, eye black, shoelaces, helmets, sunglasses - he knows what trunk it is in.’
    • ‘Valentin covers the outside of his glove with pine tar.’
    • ‘The story on page 16 cites some examples of their accomplishments, including a compound made from citrus peels and pine tar that works better than a petroleum-based chemical for making rubber.’
    • ‘The pine tar, dirt, tobacco and who knows what else not only cover up the team logo (destroying marketing appeal) but are revolting to look at in high definition.’
    • ‘It does, however, include one homer temporarily nullified because of a bat with too much pine tar, and one off a transformer in Detroit.’
    • ‘A big ball of pine tar full of wood chips and rocks was loaded into the sling.’