noun, often attributive
li·​no·​leum | \ lə-ˈnō-lē-əm How to pronounce linoleum (audio) , -ˈnōl-yəm \

Definition of linoleum

1 : a floor covering made by laying on a burlap or canvas backing a mixture of solidified linseed oil with gums, cork dust or wood flour or both, and usually pigments
2 : a material similar to linoleum

Examples of linoleum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This steam vacuum can be used on ceramic tile, hardwood, linoleum, and granite or marble. Sam Lauron, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 13 Best Vacuums for Tile Floors, According to Thousands of Amazon Reviews," 6 Oct. 2020 The corridors were dim and quiet, the rooms mostly dark and deserted; the metal and linoleum surfaces were beige, gray, white, and green, relieved, occasionally, by a knob or button made of vivid red or blue plastic. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How Does Science Really Work?," 28 Sep. 2020 Tile and linoleum can sustain damage from water emergencies (like an overflowing toilet), and everyday use can have an impact. Angela Serratore, Popular Mechanics, "4 Common Questions About Waterproofing Bathroom Floors," 14 Sep. 2020 Wilfred Tebah collapsed on the cold linoleum floor of the Echo isolation ward of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Pine Prairie detention center in central Louisiana on Wednesday, August 28, at 8 PM, screaming for help, unable to move his arms. Joe Penney, The New York Review of Books, "The Hunger Strikers of Pine Prairie Protesting Indefinite Detention by ICE," 8 Sep. 2020 Some equipment should only stand on hard flooring, not carpet, or would likely damage a soft floor like cork or linoleum. Jamie Gold, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can home design help you be healthier? San Diegan’s new book lays out how, room by room," 5 Sep. 2020 Wayzgoose in 2020 looks pretty familiar: Artists carve and ink a block of linoleum, which is pressed onto paper by a 2,600-pound steamroller. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Lumber cost jacked, turtle benefit, eviction relief: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2020 Corsi and Siegel also suggest getting rid of carpet, which is harder to clean and resuspends far more particles than linoleum, tile, or concrete floors. Megan Molteni, Wired, "A New Study Suggests a Possible Disease Vector: Germy Dust," 19 Aug. 2020 The linoleum tiles were cracked like an archaeological site. Namwali Serpell, Harper's Magazine, "The Work of Art," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of linoleum

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for linoleum

Latin linum flax + oleum oil — more at oil

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The first known use of linoleum was in 1878

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14 Oct 2020

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“Linoleum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of linoleum

: a type of material that is produced in thin sheets, has a shiny surface, and is used to cover floors and counters


li·​no·​leum | \ lə-ˈnō-lē-əm How to pronounce linoleum (audio) , -ˈnōl-yəm \

Kids Definition of linoleum

: a floor covering with a canvas back and a surface of hardened linseed oil and cork dust

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