from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A carpet with stiff backing and a soft, colorful cut pile usually arranged in a complex pattern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A town in England.
- n. A carpet made in Axminster imitating the Turkey carpet, noted for its thick and soft pile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A variety of Turkey carpet, woven by machine or, when more than 27 inches wide, on a hand loom, and consisting of strips of worsted chenille so colored as to produce a pattern on a stout jute backing. It has a fine soft pile. So called from Axminster, England, where it was formerly (1755 -- 1835) made.
- A similar but cheaper machine-made carpet, resembling moquette in construction and appearance, but finer and of better material.
After Axminster, a town of southwest England.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)