from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of floor-cloth made of linseed-oil which has been oxidized to a dense rubber-like consistency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a floor covering
Originally a trademark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)