EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

tar +‎ ball

NounEdit

tarball ‎(plural tarballs)

  1. A ball of tar or crude oil found on a beach.
    • 1969, Hearings By United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary
      All of us who have been to the beaches this year have encountered tarballs that stick to our feet and mess up our rugs.
  2. (computing) A file that is an archive of several other files, created using the Unix “tar” utility.