A carpet is a thick, woven floor covering. Most carpets cover the whole floor in a room, as opposed to a rug, which only covers a small section.

Carpets are made from polyester fibers, or wool, or nylon — most often, these soft materials are loops or strings that form the carpet's "pile," and are attached to a solid backing. A carpet can be very densely woven and flat, or it can be tufted and thick. To carpet means to cover something as if with a carpet: "Then the snow carpets the ground, and winter is here."

Definitions of carpet

n floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)

carpeting, rug
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a carpet woven on a wide loom to obviate the need for seams
Brussels carpet
a carpet with a strong linen warp and a heavy pile of colored woolen yarns drawn up in uncut loops to form a pattern
a rug made of a coarse fabric having a cotton warp and a wool filling
flying carpet
(Asian folktale) an imaginary carpet that will fly people anywhere they wish to go
a rug spread out in front of a fireplace
an oriental rug woven by Kurds that is noted for fine colors and durability
nammad, numdah, numdah rug
an embroidered rug made from a coarse Indian felt
prayer mat, prayer rug
a small rug used by Muslims during their devotions
red carpet
a strip of red carpeting laid down for dignitaries to walk on
a long narrow carpet
scatter rug, throw rug
a small rug; several can be used in a room
shag rug
a rug with long pile
a strip of carpet for laying on stairs
Wilton, Wilton carpet
a carpet woven on a Jacquard loom with loops like a Brussels carpet but having the loops cut to form a close velvety pile
rya, rya rug
a shag rug made in Sweden
Type of:
floor cover, floor covering
a covering for a floor
(usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable

n a natural object that resembles or suggests a carpet

“a carpet of flowers”
“the larvae of some moths spin a web that resembles a carpet
Type of:
natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

v cover with a carpet

carpet the floors of the house”
Type of:
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v form a carpet-like cover (over)

Type of:
cover, spread over
form a cover over

v cover completely, as if with a carpet

“flowers carpeted the meadows”
Type of:
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

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