[flawr-ing, flohr-]


floors collectively.
materials for making floors.

Nearby words

  1. floorboard,
  2. floorcloth,
  3. floorcover,
  4. floored,
  5. floorer,
  6. flooring brad,
  7. flooring saw,
  8. floorman,
  9. floorshift,
  10. floorwalker

Origin of flooring

First recorded in 1615–25; floor + -ing1

Related formsun·der·floor·ing, noun


[flawr, flohr]


that part of a room, hallway, or the like, that forms its lower enclosing surface and upon which one walks.
a continuous, supporting surface extending horizontally throughout a building, having a number of rooms, apartments, or the like, and constituting one level or stage in the structure; story.
a level, supporting surface in any structure: the elevator floor.
one of two or more layers of material composing a floor: rough floor; finish floor.
a platform or prepared level area for a particular use: a threshing floor.
the bottom of any more or less hollow place: the floor of a tunnel.
a more or less flat extent of surface: the floor of the ocean.
the part of a legislative chamber, meeting room, etc., where the members sit, and from which they speak.
the right of one member to speak from such a place in preference to other members: The senator from Alaska has the floor.
the area of a floor, as in a factory or retail store, where items are actually made or sold, as opposed to offices, supply areas, etc.: There are only two salesclerks on the floor.
the main part of a stock or commodity exchange or the like, as distinguished from the galleries, platform, etc.
the bottom, base, or minimum charged, demanded, or paid: The government avoided establishing a price or wage floor.
Mining. an underlying stratum, as of ore, usually flat.
  1. the bottom of a hull.
  2. 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.
  3. the lowermost member of a frame in a wooden vessel.

verb (used with object)

to cover or furnish with a floor.
to bring down to the floor or ground; knock down: He floored his opponent with one blow.
to overwhelm; defeat.
to confound or puzzle; nonplus: I was floored by the problem.
Also floorboard. to push (a foot-operated accelerator pedal) all the way down to the floor of a vehicle, for maximum speed or power.

Origin of floor

before 900; Middle English flor, Old English flōr; cognate with Old Norse flōr, Middle Low German vlōr, Middle High German vluor (German Flur)

Related formsfloor·less, adjectiveun·der·floor, nounun·floor, verb (used with object)

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Examples from the Web for flooring

British Dictionary definitions for flooring



the material used in making a floor, esp the surface material
another word for floor (def. 1)



Also called: flooring the inner lower surface of a room
a storey of a buildingthe second floor
a flat bottom surface in or on any structurethe floor of a lift; a dance floor
the bottom surface of a tunnel, cave, river, sea, etc
mining an underlying stratum
nautical the bottom, or the lowermost framing members at the bottom, of a vessel
that part of a legislative hall in which debate and other business is conducted
the right to speak in a legislative or deliberative body (esp in the phrases get, have, or be given the floor)
the room in a stock exchange where trading takes place
the earth; ground
a minimum price charged or paida wage floor
take the floor to begin dancing on a dance floor


to cover with or construct a floor
(tr) to knock to the floor or ground
(tr) informal to disconcert, confound, or defeatto be floored by a problem

Word Origin for floor

Old English flōr; related to Old Norse flōrr, Middle Low German vlōr floor, Latin plānus level, Greek planan to cause to wander

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Word Origin and History for flooring
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Idioms and Phrases with flooring


see ground floor; mop up the floor with; sink through the floor; take the floor; walk the floor.

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