from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of heavy canvas that has been primed, decorated, and varnished and is used as a floor covering.

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  • n. a cloth, normally of flannel, used for cleaning floors.
  • n. materials used in place of carpeting for covering floors, such as linoleum or oilcloth


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  • Three Random Words: la panosse (f) = floorcloth = passer la panosse = to mop the floor le monticule (m) = hillock, mound; heap la papille (f) = papilla = les papilles gustatives = taste buds

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  • He was a clothworker by birth and his colleagues used to ask why dealing in canvas, or ``floorcloth'', as it was known, gave him a right to talk about art as well as counting the cash

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  • Her Majesty is no stranger to a vault or firmament, of a sort of floorcloth, with an indistinct pattern distantly resembling eyes, which occasionally obtrudes itself on her repose.

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  • It was a neat, dull little house, on the shady side of the way, with new, narrow floorcloth in the passage, and new, narrow stair – carpets up to the first floor.

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  • Tuesday morning in the hall, (it was two feet square, as charged for floorcloth,) and Herbert suggested certain things for breakfast that he thought Joe would like.

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  • The complete book of floorcloths : designs & techniques for painting great-looking canvas rugs / Kathy Cooper —Two dozen different methods for creating and embellishing a design; eight projects ranging from geometric patterns to freeform squiggles; 63 artists showing off a glorious range of contemporary work: and dozens of luscious pictures: in short, it's the home decorator's dream guide to making the perfect floorcloth.

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  • She saw a narrow passage, without floorcloth or carpet; a narrow, dirty staircase led up to the rooms above.

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  • The house is small, and has been elegantly fitted up; in the gardens were some detached and pleasant apartments, constructed with floorcloth of

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  • She rose quietly and washed out her floorcloth, and stood drying her hands on the roller towel which hung on the kitchen door.

    Purple Springs

  • Such men may be at a discount in conventional life; but give me a snowy ice-floe waving about on the top of a black swell, a ship thrown aback, a sledge-party almost shattered, or one that has just upset their supper on to the floorcloth of the tent (which is much the same thing), and I will lie down and cry for Bowers to come and lead me to food and safety.

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