linoleum [li-noh-lee-uh m] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for linoleum on noun

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

    Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father

    Adam Hochschild

    June 14, 2014

  • In being gutted by a linoleum knife, that dark image that Hannibal had instilled in him had been freed.

    Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’s’ Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale and the Future of Will Graham

    Marlow Stern

    May 24, 2014

  • Her door is the one at the far end of a linoleum hall, nearest the street.

    Five Great Literary Homes, From Pemberley to Ruth’s

    March 18, 2014

  • He would slap me, hard, one time knocking me to the linoleum floor.

    Raped by a Teacher: One Woman’s Tragic Past at the Horace Mann School

    Abigail Pesta

    September 19, 2012

  • “This will not stop the public,” he says, as grown men weep around him and harsh lights beam onto the linoleum.

    Inside Bahrain’s Bloody Revolt

    Karen Leigh

    February 17, 2011

  • Historical Examples of linoleum

  • “Looks like a linoleum pattern,” was the comment of one of the men.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • We went into the bedroom and, gazing on the linoleum, my enthusiasm returned to me.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • Would you finish your tea, and then we will buy the linoleum for the cubicles.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • The carpet covered only two-thirds of the floor, and was eked out by linoleum.

    Betty Trevor

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • Above the felt we laid the linoleum, with more pitch and tar to stick it.

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

  • British Dictionary definitions for linoleum linoleum noun

    1. 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.

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