linoleum [li-noh-lee-uh m] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- a hard, washable floor covering formed by coating burlap or canvas with linseed oil, powdered cork, and rosin, and adding pigments to create the desired colors and patterns.
- any floor covering similar to this.
Origin of linoleum 1863; Latin līn(um) flax, linen + oleum oil; formerly trademark Related Words for linoleum tile, carpet, woodwork, linoleum, carpeting, tiling, parquet Examples from the Web for linoleum Contemporary Examples of linoleum
Painted arrows on the linoleum floor direct you where to stand in line.
June 14, 2014
In being gutted by a linoleum knife, that dark image that Hannibal had instilled in him had been freed.
May 24, 2014
Her door is the one at the far end of a linoleum hall, nearest the street.
March 18, 2014
He would slap me, hard, one time knocking me to the linoleum floor.
September 19, 2012
“This will not stop the public,” he says, as grown men weep around him and harsh lights beam onto the linoleum.
February 17, 2011
Historical Examples of linoleum
“Looks like a linoleum pattern,” was the comment of one of the men.
We went into the bedroom and, gazing on the linoleum, my enthusiasm returned to me.
Alan Alexander Milne
Would you finish your tea, and then we will buy the linoleum for the cubicles.
E. M. Forster
The carpet covered only two-thirds of the floor, and was eked out by linoleum.
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Above the felt we laid the linoleum, with more pitch and tar to stick it.
British Dictionary definitions for linoleum linoleum noun
- a sheet material made of hessian, jute, etc, coated under pressure and heat with a mixture of powdered cork, linseed oil, rosin, and pigment, used as a floor coveringOften shortened to: lino
Word Origin for linoleum C19: from Latin līnum flax + oleum oil Word Origin and History for linoleum n.
1860, coined by English inventor Frederick Walton (1837-1928), from Latin linum “flax, linen” (see linen) + oleum “oil” (see oil (n.)). Originally, a preparation of solidified linseed oil used to coat canvas for making floor coverings; the word was applied to the flooring material itself after 1878. The Linoleum Manufacturing Company was formed 1864.