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

  • noun Fabric, stuffing, and other materials used in upholstering.
  • noun The craft, trade, or business of upholstering.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Furniture covered with textile material, and hangings, curtains, and the like: a general term for all such interior decorations and fittings as are made with textiles.
  • noun The art or trade of using textiles, leather, and the like in making furniture, decorating an interior, etc.

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

  • noun The articles or goods supplied by upholsterers; the business or work of an upholsterer.

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

  • noun The craft or business of upholstering furniture.
  • noun The materials so used.

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

  • noun the craft of upholstering
  • noun covering (padding and springs and webbing and fabric) on a piece of furniture


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