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

  • n. Fabric treated with clay, oil, and pigments to make it waterproof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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