carpet

Definitions

  • A CARPET SHOP, DELHI
    A CARPET SHOP, DELHI
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v carpet cover with a carpet "carpet the floors of the house"
    • v carpet cover completely, as if with a carpet "flowers carpeted the meadows"
    • v carpet form a carpet-like cover (over)
    • n carpet floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
    • n carpet a natural object that resembles or suggests a carpet "a carpet of flowers","the larvae of some moths spin a web that resembles a carpet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Carpet slippers were created by thrifty housewives who found other uses for old, worn-out pieces of carpet.
    • Carpet A heavy woven or felted fabric, usually of wool, but also of cotton, hemp, straw, etc.; esp. a floor covering made in breadths to be sewed together and nailed to the floor, as distinguished from a rug or mat; originally, also, a wrought cover for tables. "Tables and beds covered with copes instead of carpets and coverlets."
    • Carpet A smooth soft covering resembling or suggesting a carpet. "The grassy carpet of this plain."
    • v. t Carpet To cover with, or as with, a carpet; to spread with carpets; to furnish with a carpet or carpets. "Carpeted temples in fashionable squares."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
    • n carpet A thick fabric, usually woven of wool, or of wool on a linen ground or back, and in more or less ornamental designs, used for covering floors, stairs, etc. Formerly the carpet (usually in a single piece, like the Persian carpet) was also used (as it still is in the East) for covering beds, couches, tables, etc., and for hangings. (See tapestry.) The first woven carpets were produced in Egypt, Babylonia, Persia, and Hindustan, whence they were introduced into Europe, where they are supposed to have been first manufactured by the French in the reign of Henry IV., and next in England, at Mortlake in Surrey, in the reign of James I. The smaller carpets of the East are now commonly called rugs. See rug.
    • n carpet Especially, a covering of this material for a floor or stair, made of several widths sewed together and intended to cover all the floor-space of a room, as distinguished, from a rug, which is usually woven in one piece of a definite shape (either oblong or square), and is designed to cover a part of the floor only.
    • n carpet Figuratively, anything used as a carpet, or serving the purpose of a carpet.
    • carpet To cover with or as with a carpet; spread with carpets: as, to carpet a room.
    • carpet To bring upon the carpet or under consideration; make a subject of investigation; hence, to reprimand; “haul over the coals.”
    • n carpet A British collectors' name for any one of several species of geometrid moths whose wings bear a carpet-like design, as the flame-carpet (Coremia propugnata) and the hazel-carpet (Cidaria corylata).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carpet kär′pet the woven or felted covering of floors, stairs, &c
    • v.t Carpet to cover with a carpet:—pr.p. car′peting; pa.p. car′peted
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Quotations

  • Woody Allen
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    “What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.”
  • Angela Carter
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    “There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.”

Idioms

Brush under the carpet - If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
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Call on the carpet - If you are called on the carpet, you are summoned for a reprimand by superiors or others in power.
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On the carpet - When you are called to the bosses office (since supposedly, they are the only ones who have carpet) and its definitely not for a good reason, i.e., you are in trouble, something has not gone according to plan and either maybe you are responsible and/or have some explaining to do.
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Red carpet - If you give someone the red-carpet treatment, you give them a special welcome to show that you think they are important. You can roll out the red carpet, too.
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Roll out the red carpet - If you roll out the red carpet, you treat someone in a special way, especially when welcoming them.
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Sweep things under the carpet - If people try to ignore unpleasant things and forget about them, they sweep them under the carpet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. carpite, rug, soft of cloth, F. carpette, coarse packing cloth, rug (cf. It. carpita, rug, blanket), LL. carpeta, carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L. carpere, to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo`s fruit, E. Harvest

Usage

In literature:

Carpets of the higher grades were beginning to be manufactured in Philadelphia.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
With a "carpet-swab" and "muckingtogs," and a hat turned up with green.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Carpet and knitting wools are the cheapest, coarsest, and harshest sorts of wools.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The ground floor was carpeted with very fine rush mats.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The thick carpet seemed grateful to his step.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
She wove a little carpet out of hay.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
It is a great matter, you know, not to have to cross over brook Bother, or carry a carpet up-hill.
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
Mrs. Peterkin thought it would come in the worn place of the carpet, and might be a convenience in making the carpet over.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
No wonder I am sad, for where, in this swamp, can I find a carpet such as I require?
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
He looked at the bits of broken ivory on the carpet, and wondered vaguely what they meant.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

Oh, they're hanging out like carpets
And you'll hear the natives say
Mr Drage has laid the lino
On the road to Mandalay.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
The wind of an autumn midnight
Is moaning around my door--
The curtains wave at the window,
The carpet lifts on the floor.
"Psychaura" by Henry Howard Brownell
Oh, Roses shall be for her carpet,
And her curtains of Roses so fair;
And a Rosy crown, while far adown
Floats her long golden hair.
"Under Rose Arches" by Kate Greenaway
The brook was babbling as of old,
The birds sang full and clear,
And the wild-flowers gay like a carpet lay
In the path of the timid deer.
"The Death Of Robin Hood" by Eugene Field
For such as you, I do believe,
Spirits their softest carpets weave.
And spread them out with gracious hand
Wherever you walk, wherever you stand.
"The Mother In The House" by Hermann Hagedorn
Thou scarcely touchest the soft carpet,
The silk on thee doth rustling stream,
From top to toe so light and lofty,
Thou floatest like an airy dream.
"So Fresh Thou Art .." by Mihai Eminescu

In news:

PAM Fastening Technology recently introduced a new hot-melt adhesive that creates a non-toxic bond between carpet tack or metal clips and finished concrete, fiber cement backer board, or wood before stretching carpet over a floor.
Emma Watson's favourite red carpet outfit is a white Alexander McQueen dress.
But don't download on the carpet.
Rollout The Carpet had to win the 1000 Guineas on track and in stewards' room.
The New York International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the premiere night screening of the Sundance hit, Filly Brown.
Or your stereo or carpet or any of the things in your house that contain common flame-retardant chemicals known as PBDEs that a new study suggests may be associated with decreased fertility.
CHARLOTTE As a part of their "Red Carpet" inception weekend, Reel Men – Reel Mentors is holding a flapjack fundraiser 7-10 am.
From leading ladies to sexy singers, these Hollywood stars have committed style sins by hitting the red carpet and the streets, showing off a jungle of hair -- or just too much stubble -- underneath their arms.
Grammys 2012 Red Carpet Interviews.
Painting a floor, whether it's wood or concrete, can be more affordable than tile, carpet or other floor covering s, she says.
Islamic Cartoon Row, Flying Carpet Hang Over Louvre.
Piano's ' Flying Carpet '.
This action is designed to leave a softer feel to carpet, stabilize color and prevent browning and yellowing, according to Steam Way.
PHILADELPHIA— THIS fall Philadelphia rolls out a red carpet of exhibitions to honor its native son Thomas Eakins.
Ellen Barkin and Kate Bosworth cause a frenzy on the red carpet of their film "Another Happy Day.".
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In science:

In a simple Fibonacci carpet, this basic property also occurs.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution
However, due to the quadratic dependence of the energy on the position, the maxima at md translate into quadratic phases (md)2 . A similar behavior was noted in the quantum carpets woven by a wave packet moving in a harmonic oscillator and consisting only on energy eigenstates with quadratic quantum numbers.
Factorization of Numbers with the temporal Talbot effect: Optical implementation by a sequence of shaped ultrashort pulses
The “checkerboard” analysis of the ARGO-YBJ carpet is another example.
RICAP-07: Summary comments
Enhanced diffusion near a carpet of swimming cells [302].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Results concerning both the RPCs behaviour and the features of the showers imaged by the carpet are presented.
Results from the ARGO-YBJ Test Experiment
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