material for carpets.
carpets in general.
a heavy fabric, commonly of wool or nylon, for covering floors.
a covering of this material.
any relatively soft surface or covering like a carpet:
They walked on the carpet of grass.
any of a number of airborne electronic devices for jamming radar.
a system of such devices.
to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.
Chiefly British. to reprimand.
on the carpet,
before an authority or superior for an accounting of one’s actions or a reprimand:
He was called on the carpet again for his carelessness.
Chiefly British. under consideration or discussion.
The village houses are done up in pale gray and mauve and preside over lawns so neat and green they look like carpeting.
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The hair was shorn after the gassings, then efficiently dried in the crematoria so it could be industrially spun into carpeting.
My Visit To Hell Christopher Buckley January 29, 2009
The carpeting is worn, the furniture is falling apart, and the electricity is out for most of the day.
The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan Umar Farooq December 28, 2014
To-day the fiat has gone forth, and we are already deep in consultation over paper and paint, chintz, and carpeting.
An Isle in the Water Katharine Tynan
It is calculated that one of these balls will weave about a yard of carpeting.
Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
The carpeting near the rear passenger seats seemed to blur for an instant.
Novice James H. Schmitz
He moved up behind her, his footsteps muffled by the carpeting.
Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
It was as though the solid planks heaved amain, causing the carpeting to rise and fall in billows.
Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Her skirts must indeed have brushed the carpeting of those steps scores of times.
A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
The tub must stand all the time in a cool cellar, and be covered well with an old blanket, carpeting, or something of the sort.
Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches Eliza Leslie
carpet material or carpets in general
a heavy fabric for covering floors
(as modifier): a carpet sale
a covering like a carpet: a carpet of leaves
(informal) on the carpet
before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
verb (transitive) -pets, -peting, -peted
to cover with or as if with a carpet
(informal) to reprimand
1758, verbal noun from carpet (v.).
late 13c., “coarse cloth;” mid-14c., “tablecloth, bedspread;” from Old French carpite “heavy decorated cloth, carpet,” from Medieval Latin or Old Italian carpita “thick woolen cloth,” probably from Latin carpere “to card, pluck,” probably so called because it was made from unraveled, shreded, “plucked” fabric; from PIE *kerp- “to gather, pluck, harvest” (see harvest (n.)). Meaning shifted 15c. to floor coverings.
From 16c.-19c. as an adjective often with a tinge of contempt, when used of men (e.g. carpet-knight, 1570s) by association with luxury, ladies’ boudoirs, and drawing rooms. On the carpet “summoned for reprimand” is 1900, U.S. colloquial (but cf. carpet (v.) “call (someone) to be reprimanded,” 1823, British servants’ slang). To sweep or push something under the carpet in the figurative sense is first recorded 1953.
“to cover with a carpet,” 1620s, from carpet (n.). Meaning “call to reprimand” is from 1840. Related: Carpeted; carpeting.
call someone on the carpet, on the carpet, red carpet, roll out the red carpet
call on the carpet
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plural of carpus. the part of the upper extremity between the hand and the forearm; wrist. the wrist bones collectively; the group of bones between the bones of the hand and the radius. Historical Examples The Prince of carpi said of Erasmus he was so thin-skinned that a fly would draw blood from him. Yesterdays […]
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