- flooring brad,
- flooring saw,
Origin of flooring
- the bottom of a hull.
- any of a number of deep, transverse framing members at the bottom of a steel or iron hull, generally interrupted by and joined to any vertical keel or keelsons.
- the lowermost member of a frame in a wooden vessel.
verb (used with object)
Origin of floor
Examples from the Web for flooring
A nautical term for the holes cut in the flooring in a ship above the keelson, to allow water to drain to the pumps.
Every night the carpet and flooring were taken up, and, after they had finished their excavations, were carefully relaid.True Detective Stories|Cleveland Moffett
Much is converted into flooring for halls, houses, and factories.American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
One flooring a building with $20 gold pieces in Shah Jahan's day evidently would be looked upon as a cheap imitator.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
It is probably six feet less, allowing for the flooring beneath and the higher window opening above.The Hand in the Dark|Arthur J. Rees
Word Origin for floor
"materials of a floor," 1620s, verbal noun from floor (v.).
Old English flor "floor, pavement, ground, bottom (of a lake, etc.)," from Proto-Germanic *floruz "floor" (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch vloer, Old Norse flor "floor," Middle High German vluor, German Flur "field, meadow"), from PIE *plaros "flat surface" (cf. Welsh llawr "ground"), enlarged from *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).
Meaning "level of a house" is from 1580s. The figurative sense in legislative assemblies (as opposed to the platform) is first recorded 1774. Spanish suelo "floor" is from Latin solum "bottom, ground, soil;" German Boden is cognate with English bottom. Floor plan attested from 1867.
see ground floor; mop up the floor with; sink through the floor; take the floor; walk the floor.