Origin of carpeting
- 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.
Origin of carpet
Related Wordstapestry, carpeting, mat, tile, carpet, woodwork, linoleum, rug, protect, coat, blanket, shroud, enclose, dress, bury, runner, shag, tiling, parquet
Examples from the Web for carpeting
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
December 29, 2014
The village houses are done up in pale gray and mauve and preside over lawns so neat and green they look like carpeting.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
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
January 30, 2009
Or, if the carpeting is not convenient, piece a covering of worsteds.
It is calculated that one of these balls will weave about a yard of carpeting.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
He moved up behind her, his footsteps muffled by the carpeting.Operation Haystack
Frank Patrick Herbert
Her skirts must indeed have brushed the carpeting of those steps scores of times.A Laodicean
But with us he was obliged to make his couch on some old pieces of carpeting.
- carpet material or carpets in general
- a heavy fabric for covering floors
- (as modifier)a carpet sale
- a covering like a carpeta carpet of leaves
- on the carpet informal
- before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
- under consideration
- to cover with or as if with a carpet
- informal to reprimand
Word Origin and History for carpeting
1758, verbal noun from carpet (v.).
"to cover with a carpet," 1620s, from carpet (n.). Meaning "call to reprimand" is from 1840. Related: Carpeted; carpeting.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with carpeting
see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.