American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A durable, washable material made in sheets by pressing a mixture of heated linseed oil, rosin, powdered cork, and pigments onto a burlap or canvas backing. Linoleum is used as a covering especially for floors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of floor-cloth made of linseed-oil which has been oxidized to a dense rubber-like consistency. This is accomplished in various ways, usually by allowing the oil to flow very slowly over a large concrete floor across which warm air is blown. This material is ground up with cork-cuttings, passed through iron rollers, and attached to a coarse canvas. The back of the canvas receives a coat of paint.
- n. An inexpensive waterproof covering used especially for floors, made from solidified linseed oil over a burlap or canvas backing, or from its modern replacement, polyvinyl chloride.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Linseed oil brought to various degrees of hardness by some oxidizing process, as by exposure to heated air, or by treatment with chloride of sulphur. In this condition it is used for many of the purposes to which India rubber has been applied.
- n. A kind of floor cloth made by laying hardened linseed oil mixed with ground cork on a canvas backing.
- n. a floor covering
- Coined c. 1864 by inventor Frederick Walton, from Latin linum ("flax") + oleum ("oil"). Used as a trade name but never registered as a trademark, it was the first product whose name was ruled to be genericized. (Wiktionary)
- Originally a trademark. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The top is some kind of linoleum from the 1960's which I kept painting year after year and covering with with a clear waterproof sealer.”
“Our beds are best described as two wide, wooden tables covered in linoleum which may or may not have been cleaned with soap and water since they were built.”
“The parquet floors were covered in linoleum, the high plaster ceilings hidden by acoustic tiles.”
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“Lying on the linoleum was a severed moose hoof and a half rack of frozen ribs.”
“Those bright red drops spattering the linoleum were the final outrage.”
“For Interior applications it can be applied to flat, smooth, non-porous surfaces such as linoleum, tile, wood floors or staircases.”
“Rooibos case as it was sub judice, but several other common terms such as linoleum, kerosene, escalator were all at one time registered trademarks.”
“Alternatives include carpets certified as no VOC, hard wood as long as it’s formaldehyde free, and linoleum, which is hypoallergenic and is made from renewable resources.”
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