carpet

car|pet1 W3S3 [ˈka:pıt US ˈka:r-] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from carpire 'to pull out']
1.) [U and C]
heavy woven material for covering floors or stairs, or a piece of this material
→↑carpeting, rug ↑rug
My bedroom carpet is green.
All the rooms had fitted carpets (=carpets cut to fit the shape of the rooms) .
2.) a carpet of sth
literary a thick layer of something on the ground
a carpet of flowers
3.) be/get called on the carpet
AmE informal to be criticized by someone in authority because you have done something wrong
He was called on the carpet by his supervisors to explain his excessive spending.
→↑magic carpet,sweep/brush sth under the carpet atsweep1 (15)
carpet 2
carpet2 v [T]
1.) [usually passive]
to cover a floor with carpet
The building has been carpeted throughout.
2.) [usually passive] especially BrE informal to talk in an angry way to someone because they have done something wrong
carpet sb for sth
Top officers were carpeted for bullying younger officers.
3.) literary if leaves, flowers etc carpet the ground, they cover it in a thick layer
be carpeted with sth
The whole garden was carpeted with daffodils.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carpet — ► NOUN 1) a floor covering made from thick woven fabric. 2) a large rug. 3) a thick or soft expanse or layer: a carpet of bluebells. ► VERB (carpeted, carpeting) 1) cover with a carpet. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • carpet — late 13c., coarse cloth; mid 14c., tablecloth, bedspread; from O.Fr. carpite heavy decorated cloth, from M.L. carpita thick woolen cloth, pp. of L. carpere to card, pluck, probably so called because it was made from unraveled, shreded, plucked… …   Etymology dictionary

  • carpet — [kär′pət] n. [ME < OFr carpite, carpet, kind of cloth < ML carpita, thick woolen cloth < pp. of L carpere, to card, pluck: see EXCERPT] 1. a thick, heavy fabric of wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers for covering a floor, stairs, etc.: it… …   English World dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Carpeted temples in fashionable squares. E. Everett. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cârpet — CÂRPÉT, cârpeturi, s.n. (Rar) Obiecte de îmbrăcăminte ieftine, proaste. – Din cârpă + suf. et. Trimis de gall, 03.02.2008. Sursa: DLRM …   Dicționar Român

  • carpet — [n] nappy floor covering carpeting, matting, rug, runner, tapestry, throw rug, wall to wall*; concept 473 …   New thesaurus

  • Carpet — For other uses, see Carpet (disambiguation). The Azerbaijani carpet, a UNESCO Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity …   Wikipedia

  • carpet — n. 1) to beat a carpet 2) to lay a carpet 3) to take up a carpet (the carpet must be taken up and cleaned) 4) (misc.) to roll out the red carpet for smb. ( to give smb. a warm reception ); a flying, magic carpet; to call smb. on the carpet ( to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • carpet — noun 1 material for covering floors ADJECTIVE ▪ deep pile (esp. BrE), lush (esp. AmE), plush (AmE), shag (esp. AmE), shag pile (BrE), soft, thick ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • carpet — n. & v. n. 1 a thick fabric for covering a floor or stairs. b a piece of this fabric. 2 an expanse or layer resembling a carpet in being smooth, soft, bright, or thick (carpet of snow). v.tr. (carpeted, carpeting) 1 cover with or as with a carpet …   Useful english dictionary


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