carpeting

carpet NOUN 1) a floor covering made from thick woven fabric. 2) a large rug. 3) a thick or soft expanse or layer: a carpet of bluebells.
VERB (carpeted, carpeting) 1) cover with a carpet. 2) Brit. informal reprimand severely.
on the carpet — Cf. ↑on the carpet
sweep under the carpet — Cf. ↑sweep under the carpet
DERIVATIVES carpeting noun.
ORIGIN originally denoting a thick cover for a table or bed: from obsolete Italian carpita 'woollen counterpane' , from Latin carpere 'pluck, pull to pieces' ; the phrase «on the carpet» and the related verb sense are in reference to the covering over the council table before which one would be summoned.

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  • Carpeting — Car pet*ing, n. 1. The act of covering with carpets. [1913 Webster] 2. Cloth or materials for carpets; carpets, in general. [1913 Webster] The floor was covered with rich carpeting. Prescott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carpeting — [kär′pət iŋ] n. carpets or carpet fabric …   English World dictionary

  • carpeting — n. floor covering 1) fitted (BE), wall to wall carpeting severe reprimand (BE) 2) to give smb. a carpeting * * * [ kɑːpɪtɪŋ] wall to wall carpeting [ severe reprimand ] (BE) to give smb. a carpeting [ floor covering ] fitted (BE) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • carpeting — [[t]kɑ͟ː(r)pɪtɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT You use carpeting to refer to a carpet, or to the type of material that is used to make carpets. → See also carpet ...the long lovely lounge with its wall to wall carpeting... Carpeting is about the cheapest… …   English dictionary

  • carpeting — car|pet|ing [ˈka:pıtıŋ US ˈka:r ] n 1.) [U] carpets in general, or the material used for making them ▪ a spacious room with wall to wall carpeting (=covering the whole floor) 2.) BrE informal an occasion when you talk to someone in an angry way… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Carpeting — Carpet Car pet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Carpeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Carpeting}.] To cover with, or as with, a carpet; to spread with carpets; to furnish with a carpet or carpets. [1913 Webster] Carpeted temples in fashionable squares. E. Everett.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carpeting — noun Carpet or a piece of carpet, especially when speaking of installation or removal. As part of the restoration of the house, they took up the carpeting and left the hardwood floors exposed. Syn: carpet …   Wiktionary

  • carpeting — n. material for carpets; carpets, rugs car·pet || kɑːpɪt n. rug, fabric floor covering v. cover or furnish with carpeting; reprimand …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carpeting — noun Date: 1758 material for carpets; also carpets …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carpeting — /kahr pi ting/, n. 1. material for carpets. 2. carpets in general. [1750 60; CARPET + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

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