Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heavy cotton fabric treated with linseed oil and pigments to make it waterproof.
  • noun A waterproof material made up of a layer of vinyl and a layer of cotton or a synthetic fabric.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Painted canvas designed for use as a floor-covering, etc. See floor-cloth and linoleum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Cloth rendered waterproof by treatment with oil or paint, and used for marking garments, covering tables, shelves, floors, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fabric or cloth treated on one side with a waterproof covering, especially one made from linseed oil etc.; used for flooring, tablecloths, kitchen shelves and sometimes furniture covering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun cloth treated on one side with a drying oil or synthetic resin

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Examples

  • But to McGowan the oilcloth was a major setback, and he felt like a hypocrite for running around with his little notebook jotting down what materials the village chief used while an American officer flouted the rules.

    The Village

  • But to McGowan the oilcloth was a major setback, and he felt like a hypocrite for running around with his little notebook jotting down what materials the village chief used while an American officer flouted the rules.

    The Village

  • But to McGowan the oilcloth was a major setback, and he felt like a hypocrite for running around with his little notebook jotting down what materials the village chief used while an American officer flouted the rules.

    The Village

  • But to McGowan the oilcloth was a major setback, and he felt like a hypocrite for running around with his little notebook jotting down what materials the village chief used while an American officer flouted the rules.

    The Village

  • The floor is covered with what is called oilcloth -- I wonder why: it certainly is not the least like cloth -- very new and excessively shiny.

    The Land of Promise

  • Then, the new oilcloth, which is actually a vinyl product, was born and oilcloth came back into vogue.

    Blisstree

  • There was a favourite umbrella with wooden ribs, covered with a kind of oilcloth, red or yellow in colour, which was a cheap and useful article.

    India and the Indians

  • _Table baize_ is a kind of oilcloth used as a cheap and easily-cleaned covering for tables.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • Our "oilcloth" is printed vinyl bonded and supported with a woven cotton mesh.

    An Island Life

  • You notice the kind of oilcloth they had on that upper entry, S'tira? "

    The Minister's Charge

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