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

  • n. A piece of equipment necessary or useful for comfort or convenience.
  • n. The furniture, appliances, and other movable articles in a home or other building.
  • n. Wearing apparel and accessories.

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  • v. Present participle of furnish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of providing with furniture or fittings of any kind.
  • n. plural Fittings of any kind; especially, the smaller articles used in fitting up anything, as a building, vehicle, etc.: as, builders' or upholsterers' furnishings.
  • n. A subsidiary appendage or adjunct; an incidental part.

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

  • n. (usually plural) accessory wearing apparel
  • n. (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
  • n. the act of decorating a house or room


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  • Nancy finished what she termed furnishing: out went the horsehair, the hideous chandeliers, the stuffy books, the Recamier statuary, and an army of upholsterers, wood-workers, etc., from Boston and New York invaded the place.

    A Far Country — Complete

  • Meanwhile, the Obama campaign said it would begin furnishing the cities and states of its bundlers on its Web site — the campaign currently publishes the names of all of its bundlers who raise more than $50,000, $100,000 and $200,000 but provides no other information.

    McCain, Obama Camps Promise to Disclose More Donor Information - The Caucus Blog -

  • After the death of Henry VIII, the princesses were able to assume full control in furnishing their households.

    From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

  • Subtler and more far-reaching means of invading privacy have become available to the government … The progress of science in furnishing the government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wiretapping.

    Big Brother Is Listening

  • But in furnishing its imaginary, cultural platform for the revival of liberal politics in America, The West Wing has also slipped into an uncritical cult of personality — much as the adoration of Bill Clinton has in the real-life house of liberalism.

    The Feel Good Presidency

  • So Bohr gave him a free hand in furnishing the laboratory, despite his youth.

    Schack August Steenberg Krogh - A Versatile Genius

  • In encouraging such results, and in furnishing evidence of the benefits that can come from international cooperation, good will and responsible governments, I can think of no better example than the relations which have existed between Canada and the U. S.-in the fruitful development of your great oil resources, and in every other way.

    International Co-operation

  • It was agreed that they could do much in furnishing information to workers in various parts of the Empire on what was going on in the countries in which the offices were located.

    The Royal Society Empire Scientific Conference, England, 1946

  • The addition to my house cost far more money than I had anticipated, and in furnishing it I went still deeper into my bank-account.

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • These are the deeds that call out to us to put forth our greatest effort in furnishing men first, and afterwards material.

    The Canadian Outlook


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