Definitions

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.

Etymologies

After Axminster, a town of southwest England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This Axminster is a Little market town and the London Road by Chard, but I struck out of that road 2 mile off the town to Liegh wch was 4 mile from Axminster, to a Relations house Mr Hendlys, wch stands on a hill, but its such an Enclosed Country and narrow Lanes you Cannot see a Bow shott before you, and such up and down steep hills.

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  • When we passed through the town the carpet industry was very quiet, but afterwards, besides Wilton carpets, "Axminster" and "Brussels" carpets were manufactured there, water and wool, the essentials, being very plentiful.

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  • Axminster has given its name to an industry that has not been carried on in the town for over eighty years, though "Axminster" carpets are still famous for their durability and their fine designs.

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  • I hope those two chickens weren’t bought for a fiver from Tesco in Axminster. on January 20, 2008 at 8: 25 pm | Reply nightjack

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  • At River Cottage HQ, just outside Axminster in Devon, on this freakily beautiful late September morning, there is not a breath of air in the whole valley to get the wind turbine moving, but the solar panels are already waking up to the early morning sun.

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  • After all Crafty People has probably knocked up an Axminster on hers by now.

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  • Unless you live in what the Lady calls "Carpeted England", where even the bathrooms have a thick mantle of Axminster ready to soak up smelly spills, you probably don't have much use for a vacuum cleaner.

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  • We once cycled from Axminster station to Lyme Regis on a very hot summer day and ended by puking our guts up from the exersion of riding over the hills there.

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  • At Salisbury, he opened his eyes just enough to see the cathedral spire silhouetted against a brightening sky, then drifted back to sleep until the train pulled into Axminster.

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