carpet
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɑː(ɹ)pɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑɹpət/
Noun

carpet

  1. A fabric used as a complete floor covering.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  2. (figuratively) Any surface or cover resembling a carpet or fulfilling its function.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      the grassy carpet of this plain
  3. Any of a number of moths in the geometrid subfamily Larentiinae
  4. (obsolete) A wrought cover for tables.
    • Tables and beds covered with copes instead of carpets and coverlets.
  5. (slang, vulgar) A woman's pubic hair.
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  • Russian: ковёр
Verb

carpet (carpets, present participle carpeting; past and past participle carpeted)

  1. To lay carpet, or to have carpet installed, in an area.
    After the fire, they carpeted over the blackened hardwood flooring.
    The builders were carpeting in the living room when Zadie inspected her new house.
  2. (transitive) To substantially cover something, as a carpet does; to blanket something.
    Popcorn and candy wrappers carpeted the floor of the cinema.
    • 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival., National Geographic (March 2017)
      The town of Tompasobaru, a six-hour drive from Tangkoko, is known for the fragrant cloves that carpet the front yards of homes, drying on tarps in the sun. But in the town’s open market, the air hung heavy with the metallic smell of the butcher’s wares.
  3. (UK) To reprimand.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 428:
      Even Colonel Yakov, so recently carpeted by St Petersburg, was reported to be back in the Pamirs.
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