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carpet

[kahr-pit]
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noun
  1. a heavy fabric, commonly of wool or nylon, for covering floors.
  2. a covering of this material.
  3. any relatively soft surface or covering like a carpet: They walked on the carpet of grass.
  4. any of a number of airborne electronic devices for jamming radar.
  5. a system of such devices.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.
  2. Chiefly British. to reprimand.
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Idioms
  1. on the carpet,
    1. 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.
    2. Chiefly British.under consideration or discussion.
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Origin of carpet

1300–50; Middle English carpete cloth covering for a table, floor, bed, etc. < Middle French carpite or Medieval Latin carpīta < Italian carpita woolen bedspread < Vulgar Latin *carpīta, past participle of carpīre, for Latin carpere to pluck, card (wool)
Related formscar·pet·less, adjectivecar·pet·like, adjectivere·car·pet, verb (used with object)un·car·pet·ed, adjectivewell-car·pet·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for recarpeted

Historical Examples

  • The pulpit needed doing over, and the floor had to be recarpeted.

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    Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

  • A month previously the Putney church had been recarpeted, and they still owed fifty dollars for it.


British Dictionary definitions for recarpeted

carpet

noun
    1. a heavy fabric for covering floors
    2. (as modifier)a carpet sale
  1. a covering like a carpeta carpet of leaves
  2. on the carpet informal
    1. before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
    2. under consideration
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verb -pets, -peting or -peted (tr)
  1. to cover with or as if with a carpet
  2. informal to reprimand
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from Late Latin carpeta, literally: (wool) that has been carded, from Latin carpere to pluck, card
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Word Origin and History for recarpeted

carpet

v.

"to cover with a carpet," 1620s, from carpet (n.). Meaning "call to reprimand" is from 1840. Related: Carpeted; carpeting.

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carpet

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with recarpeted

carpet

see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.

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