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carpeting

[kahr-pi-ting] /ˈkɑr pɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
material for carpets.
2.
carpets in general.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; carpet + -ing1

carpet

[kahr-pit] /ˈkɑr pɪt/
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.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.
7.
Chiefly British. to reprimand.
Idioms
8.
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.
Origin
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 forms
carpetless, adjective
carpetlike, adjective
recarpet, verb (used with object)
uncarpeted, adjective
well-carpeted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carpeting

carpeting

/ˈkɑːpɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
carpet material or carpets in general

carpet

/ˈkɑːpɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a heavy fabric for covering floors
  2. (as modifier): a carpet sale
2.
a covering like a carpet: a carpet of leaves
3.
(informal) on the carpet
  1. before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
  2. under consideration
verb (transitive) -pets, -peting, -peted
4.
to cover with or as if with a carpet
5.
(informal) to reprimand
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 carpeting
n.

1758, verbal noun from carpet (v.).

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.

v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for carpeting
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with carpeting

carpet

also see under:
rug
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