• WordNet 3.6
    • n linoleum a floor covering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Linoleum was patented in 1860 by Frank Walton, who also made up the name for his product.
    • Linoleum A kind of floor cloth made by laying hardened linseed oil mixed with ground cork on a canvas backing.
    • Linoleum Linseed oil brought to various degrees of hardness by some oxidizing process, as by exposure to heated air, or by treatment with chloride of sulphur. In this condition it is used for many of the purposes to which India rubber has been applied.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Linthicum, Maryland woman, dressed only in bra and panties, lost her balance while putting down linoleum in her home and fell smack into the glue that was spread on the floor, according to Battalian Chief John M. Scholz of the county Fire Department. She became stuck to the floor (mistake one) but somehow managed to free herself after awhile and called the emergency number 911.
    • n linoleum A kind of floor-cloth made of linseed-oil which has been oxidized to a dense rubber-like consistency. This is accomplished in various ways, usually by allowing the oil to flow very slowly over a large concrete floor across which warm air is blown. This material is ground up with cork-cuttings, passed through iron rollers, and attached to a coarse canvas. The back of the canvas receives a coat of paint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Linoleum lin-ō′le-um a preparation used as a floor-cloth, linseed-oil being greatly used in the making of it.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lin,um flax + oleum, oil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. linum, flax, oleum, oil.


In literature:

They'd be far more interesting than linoleum.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Designs for wall-paper, linoleum, dishes, etc., made by the pupils.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
I have also a few yards of Queen Anne linoleum of a circular pattern which I think will please you.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
A few feet away the waitress stood unmoving in the dark on a narrow strip of linoleum.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
For that matter they might be linoleum.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
The gray linoleum was dyed red with his blood.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Linoleum or oilcloth may be used to cover an old floor.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
We, the common herd, are only provided with linoleum, as you see.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
The rich linoleum then had been abandoned for the other room where Cassy sat on the sofa and Lennox on the one surviving chair.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
And just then he heard a step in the passage, and a well-known dry cough, and the trailing of a long brush on the linoleum.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

Extraordinary geraniums
crowded the front windows,
the floors glittered with
assorted linoleums.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Courtesy of Tohono Chul Park For her mixed-media "Cockroach" (detail above), Northwest artist Jennifer Eschedor used an image of a cockroach carved from linoleum to make a print on batik fabric.
Once the walls and linoleum were on board, it was time to go home.
Robert Rauschenberg, Linoleum , 1967.
Not your mother's linoleum .
"On a linoleum or hardwood floor, stand in pre- lunge position (with your right foot in front of you, and your left foot behind you), placing your back foot on top of a towel," Smith tells Us.
45 Monday evening, a pick-up truck loaded with linoleum sheets was pulled over by sheriff deputies.
0 Helen Mirren as Alma Hitchcock and Anthony Hopkins as Alfred, on the set for a home kitchen with vintage refrigerator and Marmoleum flooring from Linoleum City in L.A.
Four feet of water swamped the hallways and rooms, buckling the linoleum floors and caking the electrical outlets with sea salt.
Tis the season of cold linoleum.
Cinder block walls, cockroaches, and a sticky linoleum floor – but the view was phenomenal.
Apply to dated linoleum (or drab fireplaces, unsightly desktops, etc.
The building may be aging, the interior floors may be covered with heirloom linoleum topped with generations of paint, but the sandwiches are new, fresh, and uncommon.
Several times a day, Atena Asiaii pulls her maroon prayer rug from under her bed and lines it up on the scuffed linoleum floor, kneeling on it to face northeast, the direction of Mecca.
On Friday, Lisa Shannon said a hole in the floor of her home, hidden by the linoleum, was an accident waiting to happen.
After removing linoleum in our 1893 Queen Anne's kitchen, we discovered a maple floor that seems to be the original.