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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
carpet
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a blanket/carpet of snow
▪ Within an hour, Bucharest was buried under a blanket of snow.
a carpeted floor
▪ Barbara was sitting on the carpeted floor.
carpet slipper
carpet sweeper
magic carpet
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
blue
▪ She leaned back, her head resting against a red and blue carpet hanging on the wall.
▪ He climbed down from the motorcar on to a bright blue carpet.
▪ They grow in clusters in woods and gardens and there are sometimes so many that they look like one huge blue carpet.
▪ The two upstairs bathrooms also have blue carpets with whisper grey suites.
fitted
▪ If fitted carpets are to be moved, they will need to be prepared in advance.
▪ I never saw a fitted carpet.
▪ I opened the door and it made a very loud noise as it ruffled the fitted carpet.
▪ Flooring should be non-committal: plain, functional cord fitted carpet, or rubber stud flooring.
▪ A fitted carpet washed across the floor and its floral pattern was far too big to fit into the space it occupied.
▪ Walls in dark, warm colours, with rich fitted carpets or traditional rugs make for a quietly splendid effect.
green
▪ A thick green carpet ran up the steps leading from the foyer into the heart of the theatre.
▪ Augmenting the club-like atmosphere are the carefully chosen dark wood paneling, beveled stained glass and forest-#green carpets.
▪ We could get some moss for a soft green carpet.
▪ He unrolled a bit of green carpet and laid out a ring made of red and white rounds of painted wood.
▪ A smooth green carpet lay at its centre.
▪ During summer a dense green or olive carpet is formed on the bottom.
▪ They seemed to be growing a green carpet.
▪ Its creeping stock branches very quickly and rapidly make a thick green carpet completely covering the bottom of the tank.
large
▪ In fact he had his own office and a considerably larger area of carpet than anyone in Berebury suspected.
▪ Its advantage over the Tabriz loom is that even larger carpets can be made.
▪ Two tables have been specially built for this purpose, allowing a large area of carpet to be viewed under daylight bulbs.
magic
▪ A magic carpet of a book.
▪ The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.
▪ Fashanu has been a 20-goal-a-season man ever since Wimbledon rode their magic carpet into the top flight.
▪ Those men, including himself, had today's magic carpet, the Press Card.
▪ It dates to about 1780 and looks as if it has landed by magic carpet.
new
▪ This pool is being run to raise funds to buy a new carpet for the church sanctuary.
▪ You ought to see it now completely redecorated wall to wall, new pink carpet, you name it.
▪ The place smelled of fresh paint and new carpets.
▪ Wallpapers were chosen, curtains hung, new carpets laid in all the rooms.
▪ John Aytoun presented a selection of new carpet designs which were enthusiastically received.
▪ They needed a new carpet in the hall, and on the stairs.
▪ The council-run Windsor Restaurant will be redecorated and get new carpets, a suspended ceiling and new furniture.
old
▪ Strips of old carpet had been laid down in rows, like pews.
▪ Plant in the same way as for trees and shrubs, mulching the prepared ground with black plastic or strips of old carpet.
▪ So keep up the heat in your compost heap by covering it with black plastic sheets, old carpets or sacking.
▪ He knew the smell that came from dust and stale cigarette-smoke, from shoes and overcoats and old stained carpets.
▪ Among other tips, they suggest a chemical- free way to kill weeds is to use old carpet.
▪ An old carpet can be treated, but choose a reputable company to do it.
▪ The grass looked like an old worn carpet, faded and ragged; the horizon was pressing against the cliff.
patterned
▪ It is this which makes a patterned woven carpet something special, a point not always understood by the customer.
▪ In the main room a patterned, violet carpet had been laid in the centre of brown lino.
Patterned ground is thus reflected in a patterned carpet of mosses and flowering plants.
▪ A dark stain spread over the grey patterned carpet.
▪ They are used in plain and patterned carpets creating a rich textured quality of living colour.
persian
▪ Rachaela put her foot on the red Persian carpet and started up, out of the scarlet ambience of the lamp.
▪ At the back of the synagogue, a pair of Persian carpets hangs alongside the cabinet that houses the Torah scrolls.
▪ In my eyes it was a Persian carpet.
▪ I used to stay until Claudette Colbert was unrolled from the Persian carpet, then I left.
▪ The patterns show every lace doily, rose window or Persian carpet you can imagine.
red
▪ Rachaela put her foot on the red Persian carpet and started up, out of the scarlet ambience of the lamp.
▪ The Prime Minister stood on a red carpet which led across the runway to the plane.
▪ She leaned back, her head resting against a red and blue carpet hanging on the wall.
▪ They went into a room with a red carpet and screens with oriental decorations.
▪ The Turnbulls struggled to cope, whilst those in need from another country are given the red carpet treatment.
▪ It was clinical white with a spotless red carpet, and full on Sundays.
▪ With email, you take the red carpet route straight through to the top.
▪ Brass rods, tethering the red carpet to the flights of the staircase, were importances she never saw neglected.
soft
▪ She sat up, measuring the distance from the bed to her discarded robe lying on the soft carpet.
▪ We could get some moss for a soft green carpet.
▪ She pushed open the door and moved into the strange world of sparkling glass and soft carpets.
▪ At first we could see nothing so crouched on our haunches, edging forward like crabs, feeling the soft woollen carpet.
▪ A very pretty room, with soft carpets and white walls.
thick
▪ The floor was covered in thick creamy carpet on which stood squat, natural leather chairs.
▪ He wandered along the thick carpets through to the main drawing room.
▪ A thick green carpet ran up the steps leading from the foyer into the heart of the theatre.
▪ Underneath the maps she felt the bare concrete of the warehouse, not the thick carpet of the Mayor's office.
▪ The situation is improved by adding velvet curtains, acoustic tiles and a thick pile carpet.
▪ I stepped out on to a floor of empty desks set on an acre or more of thick carpet.
▪ Lino and thick carpets cover the floor.
white
▪ Vron lying with back arched and legs raised on a tousled white carpet.
▪ Highly polished floorboards peeped around the white carpets, the curtains were ruffled and there were white shades with bobbles.
▪ Black walls and a white carpet and a racing car continental quilt.
■ NOUN
industry
▪ He has over seven years experience in the carpet industry working with a number of major retail outlets.
▪ Shaw executives hope the nationwide rollout of stores will revive the ailing carpet industry.
▪ Presentations were made by Carpet and Floorcovering Review, the leading publication of the carpet industry, at a special reception.
▪ Since then, it has grown into a major production unit in the carpet industry.
shop
▪ And at this carpet shop in the town itself it's crisis time.
▪ The market was good-quality carpet shops and the contract market, especially hotels, restaurants, offices and large stores.
slipper
▪ An old man was out feeding the gulls in his carpet slippers.
▪ No more than five feet tall in her carpet slippers, you just knew it would be best not to cross her.
▪ Like a leather-clad spanking madam in fluffy carpet slippers, it's less threatening that way.
stair
▪ She hid it under cushions, in vases, under the stair carpet, and then forgot where she had put it.
▪ Peter spread his knees and allowed the blood to drip between his legs and stain the stair carpet.
▪ Make sure that stair carpets are secure and there are no loose treads or worn pieces.
sweeper
▪ Their other advantages are warmth and ease of cleaning with a carpet sweeper or vacuum cleaner.
▪ Dodging between the vinyl booths is Luis Valencia, busily attacking a pile of crumbs with his 3M carpet sweeper.
▪ If in any doubt, it is safer to use a carpet sweeper or brush.
▪ The mechanism of the Ewbank carpet sweeper is identical to today's model.
▪ When I was a tot, I had one of those Ewbank carpet sweepers.
tile
▪ Lifestyle carpet tiles in Pastiche, teamed with the Country border range, by Heuga.
▪ Carpets, carpet tiles or rubberised floors help to keep background noise low, allowing meaningful sounds to be more audible.
▪ The ground floor public rooms have parquet flooring with turkey-red Axminster carpet tile squares or strips.
▪ With the move came the carpet tile printing machines and the tile store.
■ VERB
brush
▪ She had not heard the door as it softly brushed the carpet.
▪ Because both sides of the political divide are benefiting from the traffic, the issue is brushed under the carpet.
▪ Two uniformed men were on their hands and knees, brushing at the carpet with their fingers.
buy
▪ This pool is being run to raise funds to buy a new carpet for the church sanctuary.
▪ What the carpet is made of is also an important consideration when buying a new carpet.
▪ You could also buy a carpet treated with Scotchgard.
▪ Indeed, some Fund Managers have been so impressed that they have bought carpets!
choose
▪ Here are some ground rules on how to choose your carpet, and its upkeep.
▪ Something else to take into consideration when choosing a carpet is which way does the room face.
clean
▪ Use the water sparingly and clean the carpet a small section at a time.
▪ Their other advantages are warmth and ease of cleaning with a carpet sweeper or vacuum cleaner.
▪ There's no point in cleaning that carpet, it's covered in coffee stains - nobody minds it.
▪ The work needed included replacing rotten window sills, removing dangerous floorboards and cleaning the bathroom and carpets.
cover
▪ The floor was covered in thick creamy carpet on which stood squat, natural leather chairs.
▪ Build a plywood platform at one end of the room, cover it with a carpet and pile it with floor cushions.
▪ The room was covered in carpets on the floor, the walls, the windowsills, and even the tables.
▪ The walls were covered with fine red carpets.
fit
▪ A huge stock enables the firm to fit or deliver carpets within 48 hours.
form
▪ What's more they stop and form an attractive carpet of feed well in range.
▪ So will the sugar maple seedlings, for a while, forming a yellow carpet in the hardwood forest.
▪ Mosses and lichens provide much of the patchy ground cover, forming mats rather than carpets with bare ground between.
▪ Many of the pastures looked as though dandelions were being grown commercially, for they formed carpets of unbroken yellow.
lay
▪ It had been shattered along with the glass tank, the debris of which lay scattered on the carpet.
▪ During the week I found work in town painting houses, laying carpets and delivering telephone books.
▪ Under a wooden veranda lay a spread of carpets and divans.
▪ We want to lay a plain carpet in our lounge, but we're not sure which way the pile should go.
▪ It was April, and a lozenge of sunlight lay across his carpet.
▪ The small grey and red-edged squares of the pamphlet and Time lay on the pale carpet of needles.
▪ We'd laid down on the carpet and the minute I'd put it in her I'd come.
▪ Along the narrow landing at Mrs Parvis's were laid pieces of carpet to cover the cracks in the lino.
lie
▪ It had been shattered along with the glass tank, the debris of which lay scattered on the carpet.
▪ Under a wooden veranda lay a spread of carpets and divans.
▪ She sat up, measuring the distance from the bed to her discarded robe lying on the soft carpet.
▪ It was April, and a lozenge of sunlight lay across his carpet.
▪ She was still lying on the carpet five minutes later when he left the apartment.
▪ The small grey and red-edged squares of the pamphlet and Time lay on the pale carpet of needles.
▪ Broken glass lies across the carpet like sprinkled water.
▪ The mite lives in carpets as well as beds, but few of us lie on the carpet for hours on end.
roll
▪ Looked together, they rolled across the carpet.
▪ She rolls it over the carpet by pushing it.
▪ Don't miss our birthday bonanza Roll up for super carpet market!
▪ She rolled along the carpet, hampered by her long dressing-gown, and then arms like steel tentacles caught her again.
▪ Under his bed was rolled a piece of carpet with a fringed edge, and among its creases Frankie kept his treasures.
▪ Practically lies down and purrs ... Well it's nice to roll out the red carpet, isn't it?
sit
▪ Omally sat glowering into the carpet.
▪ Others sat out on carpets beneath the shady trees enjoying the cool of the evening.
▪ She debated whether to sit down on the carpet for a while but shook herself and rang the bell.
▪ The rest sat on the carpet.
sweep
▪ We knew that it wouldn't just go away if we swept it under the carpet.
▪ Voice over There's no chance of dirt being swept under the carpet.
▪ Refuse to sweep difficulties under the carpet but sort things out even when it is painful.
walk
▪ He walked on the carpet at the outside of the treads and the noise dropped away to almost nothing.
▪ Keith and I walked across the carpet to the bar.
▪ Finally avoid wearing nylon clothes or walking on nylon carpet if at all possible.
▪ A good quality under-felt is essential to prolong the life of your carpet and make it more comfortable to walk on.
wear
▪ That would teach him, that would wear out his carpet!
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
blood on the carpet
lay bricks/carpet/concrete/cables etc
▪ Compact the base, then lay concrete, using a 1 cement to 5 parts ballast mix.
▪ During the week I found work in town painting houses, laying carpets and delivering telephone books.
▪ Trying to raise efficiency and morale without first setting this structure to rights is like trying to lay bricks without mortar.
▪ Why didn't he lay concrete you ask?
roll out the red carpet
▪ Practically lies down and purrs ... Well it's nice to roll out the red carpet, isn't it?
roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment
shag carpet/rug
sweep/brush sth under the carpet
▪ Refuse to sweep difficulties under the carpet but sort things out even when it is painful.
▪ We knew that it wouldn't just go away if we swept it under the carpet.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A true cat prefers to sharpen his claws on authentic imported oriental carpets, not cheap imitation knock-offs.
▪ He unrolled a bit of green carpet and laid out a ring made of red and white rounds of painted wood.
▪ I had no curtains, no carpets, because I was afraid of fire.
▪ Rather than the carpets, curtains and video, this refers to the quality of relationships which should exist between parents and children.
▪ The highlight of the sale was a carpet designed by Morris that sold for $ 180, 000.
▪ The parents hugged their youngsters, took them on to their laps, formed a circle on the carpet and joined in singing.
▪ Two floors up, the red-headed woman lay face-down dead on her own bedroom carpet.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
floor
▪ Piles of fallen leaves carpeted the forest floor with gold, and the stillness was broken only by the steady rain.
▪ Finally I let him stretch out on the carpeted floor beside my feet as Dad and I talked.
▪ Leaving by a window on the stairs, I was able to avoid the mud that carpeted the ground floor.
▪ A woman chatters excitedly and points to the rubble that carpets the floor.
▪ The rooms were small, purpose built, had carpeted floors, and each teacher had a non-teaching assistant.
wall
▪ Trouble with this stuff is that it has to be installed under wall-to-#wall carpeting, not area rugs.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
blood on the carpet
roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment
shag carpet/rug
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The hall was carpeted in a depressing shade of green.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ It was clean and quiet, carpeted and air-conditioned, and the students were gathered at six round tables.
▪ Leaving by a window on the stairs, I was able to avoid the mud that carpeted the ground floor.
▪ Many well known buildings have been carpeted from these looms.
▪ Middlesex have twice had to carpet Ramprakash this season after astonishing flare-ups and another incident went unpunished.
▪ Nowadays you can carpet your whole house and pay nothing for six months.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Carpet

Carpet \Car"pet\ (k[aum]r"p[e^]t), n. [OF. carpite rug, soft of cloth, F. carpette coarse packing cloth, rug (cf. It. carpita rug, blanket), LL. carpeta, carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L. carpere to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo`s fruit, E. Harvest.]

  1. A heavy woven or felted fabric, usually of wool, but also of cotton, hemp, straw, etc.; esp. a floor covering made in breadths to be sewed together and nailed to the floor, as distinguished from a rug or mat; originally, also, a wrought cover for tables.

    Tables and beds covered with copes instead of carpets and coverlets.
    --T. Fuller.

  2. A smooth soft covering resembling or suggesting a carpet. ``The grassy carpet of this plain.'' --Shak. Carpet beetle or Carpet bug (Zo["o]l.), a small beetle ( Anthrenus scrophulari[ae]), which, in the larval state, does great damage to carpets and other woolen goods; -- also called buffalo bug. Carpet knight.

    1. A knight who enjoys ease and security, or luxury, and has not known the hardships of the field; a hero of the drawing room; an effeminate person.
      --Shak.

    2. One made a knight, for some other than military distinction or service.

      Carpet moth (Zo["o]l.), the larva of an insect which feeds on carpets and other woolen goods. There are several kinds. Some are the larv[ae] of species of Tinea (as Tinea tapetzella); others of beetles, esp. Anthrenus.

      Carpet snake (Zo["o]l.), an Australian snake. See Diamond snake, under Diamond.

      Carpet sweeper, an apparatus or device for sweeping carpets.

      To be on the carpet, to be under consideration; to be the subject of deliberation; to be in sight; -- an expression derived from the use of carpets as table cover.

      Brussels carpet. See under Brussels.

Carpet

Carpet \Car"pet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carpeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Carpeting.] To cover with, or as with, a carpet; to spread with carpets; to furnish with a carpet or carpets.

Carpeted temples in fashionable squares.
--E. Everett.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
carpet

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.\n

\nFrom 16c.-19c. as an adjective often with a tinge of contempt, when used of men (as in carpet-knight, 1570s) by association with luxury, ladies' boudoirs, and drawing rooms. On the carpet "summoned for reprimand" is 1900, U.S. colloquial (but compare 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.

carpet

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

Wiktionary
carpet

n. A fabric used as a complete floor covering. vb. 1 To lay carpet, or to have carpet installed, in an are

  1. 2 (context transitive English) To substantially cover something, like a carpet; to blanket something. 3 (context UK English) To reprimand.

WordNet
carpet
  1. v. form a carpet-like cover (over)

  2. cover completely, as if with a carpet; "flowers carpeted the meadows"

  3. cover with a carpet; "carpet the floors of the house"

carpet

n. floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile) [syn: rug, carpeting]

Wikipedia
Carpet (solitaire)

Carpet is a solitaire game where the object is to discard all cards to the foundations where the aces are already dealt.

The game starts with the aces separated from the deck to form the foundations. After the remaining 48 cards are shuffled, 20 cards are laid out on the tableau in a 5x4 grid fashion to form "the carpet." The remaining 28 cards make up the stock.

All cards from "the carpet" must be moved to the foundations up by suit (i.e. 2♠ over A♠). Any "holes on the carpet," i. e. gaps left behind by the cards that are moved to the foundations, are filled by cards from the waste pile or, if the waste pile is empty, the stock.

The stock cards are dealt one at the time on the waste pile and can be moved to the foundations or to the carpet if necessary. Once the stock is used up, all cards on the waste pile cannot be used as a new stock. Only the top card of the waste pile can be played.

The game is won when all of the cards are moved into the foundations.

Carpet (disambiguation)

Carpet is a common type of floor covering

  • Fitted carpet, carpet fixed to the floor
Carpet (album)

Carpet is the second and final studio album by Ceremonial Oath.

Carpet

A carpet is a textile floor covering typically consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing. The pile was traditionally made from wool, but, since the 20th century, synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon or polyester are often used, as these fibers are less expensive than wool. The pile usually consists of twisted tufts which are typically heat-treated to maintain their structure. The term "carpet" is often used interchangeably with the term "rug", although the term "carpet" can be applied to a floor covering that covers an entire house, whereas a "rug" is generally no bigger than a single room, and traditionally does not even span from one wall to another, and is typically not even attached as part of the floor.

Carpets are used for a variety of purposes, including insulating a person's feet from a cold tile or concrete floor, making a room more comfortable as a place to sit on the floor (e.g., when playing with children or as a prayer rug), reducing sound from walking (particularly in apartment buildings) and adding decoration or colour to a room. Carpets can be made in any colour by using differently dyed fibers. Carpets can have many different types of patterns and motifs used to decorate the surface. In the 2000s, carpets are used in industrial and commercial establishments such as retail stores and hotels and in private homes. In the 2010s, a huge range of carpets and rugs are available at many price and quality levels, ranging from inexpensive, synthetic carpets that are mass produced in factories and used in commercial buildings to costly hand-knotted wool rugs which are used in private homes of wealthy families.

Carpets can be produced on a loom quite similar to woven fabric, made using needle felts, knotted by hand (in oriental rugs), made with their pile injected into a backing material (called tufting), flatwoven, made by hooking wool or cotton through the meshes of a sturdy fabric or embroidered. Carpet is commonly made in widths of and in the USA, 4 m and 5 m in Europe. Since the 20th century, where necessary for wall-to-wall carpet, different widths of carpet can be seamed together with a seaming iron and seam tape (formerly it was sewn together) and fixed to a floor over a cushioned underlay (pad) using nails, tack strips (known in the UK as gripper rods), adhesives, or occasionally decorative metal stair rods. Wall-to-wall carpet is distinguished from rugs or mats, which are loose-laid floor coverings, as wall-to-wall carpet is fixed to the floor and covers a much larger area.

Child labour has often been used in Asia for hand knotting rugs. The GoodWeave labelling scheme used throughout Europe and North America assures that child labour has not been used: importers pay for the labels, and the revenue collected is used to monitor centres of production and educate previously exploited children.

Usage examples of "carpet".

Arums and acanthus and ivy filled every hollow, roses nodded from over every gate, while a carpet of violets and cyclamen and primroses stretched over the fields and freighted every wandering wind with fragrance.

To drag a cloud of white aerophane behind her over a thick, soft carpet, with three eligible young men in full contemplation of her peerless beauty, was as delicious as though she had been an actress receiving an overwhelming ovation.

I hastened to the aperture, and under the crustations of coral, covered with fungi, syphonules, alcyons, madrepores, through myriads of charming fish--girelles, glyphisidri, pompherides, diacopes, and holocentres--I recognised certain debris that the drags had not been able to tear up--iron stirrups, anchors, cannons, bullets, capstan fittings, the stem of a ship, all objects clearly proving the wreck of some vessel, and now carpeted with living flowers.

Thick, patterned carpet gave underfoot as Alec moved across to an interior door.

She rose from the carpet as an old amah came to enfold her in a dressing gown.

More carpets covered the floors, and in a curtained recess, a large angareb bed was spread with golden leopard skins dappled with black rosettes.

The weather reflected her spirits, though her future did not seem as bright as the green fields outside the window, the purple aubrietia that spilled over garden walls, the gay red and yellow tulips, the thousands of tiny daisies and dandelions that carpeted the grassy pastures.

He halted at the edge of the carpet, not quite under the awning, waiting to be invited in.

Then he had Samae serve them tea and cakes while they watched the guards strike the camp, everything but the awning and the carpet under which the two sat.

Father and the other men organised the nightriders to keep the carpet baggers from organising the Negroes into an insurrection, he refused to have anything to do with it.

Hamid-Jones shuddered as he thought of all the beheadings, amputations of right hands, and other statutory mutilations that had been carried out on the sinister Carpet of Blood.

The ground was carpeted with luxuriant mosses and graceful ferns, and the continual appearance of brown hematite wherever there was a rise in the soil, betokened the existence of a rich vein of metal beneath.

Oh, the busy work Miss Matty and I had in chasing the sunbeams, as they fell in an afternoon right down on this carpet through the blindless window!

Striking through the foliage of the yews and hollies, it spread upon the path and upon the paved space of the Bosquet, a flowered carpet in which the flowers were moonlight upon a groundwork of shadow.

Their fully carpeted parlor was suited with a brand-new matching satin brocatelle settee and parlor chairs, their curtains were black Chantilly lace, and their walls were covered with paintings of peaceful wooded and mountain landscapes.