- the movable articles, as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
- fittings, apparatus, or necessary accessories for something.
- equipment for streets and other public areas, as lighting standards, signs, benches, or litter bins.
- Also called bearer, dead metal. Printing. pieces of wood or metal, less than type high, set in and about pages of type to fill them out and hold the type in place in a chase.
Origin of furniture
- the movable, generally functional, articles that equip a room, house, etc
- the equipment necessary for a ship, factory, etc
- printing lengths of wood, plastic, or metal, used in assembling formes to create the blank areas and to surround the type
- the wooden parts of a rifle
- obsolete the full armour, trappings, etc, for a man and horse
- the attitudes or characteristics that are typical of a person or thingthe furniture of the murderer's mind
- part of the furniture informal someone or something that is so long established in an environment as to be accepted as an integral part of ithe has been here so long that he is part of the furniture
- See door furniture, street furniture
Word Origin and History for dead-metal
1520s, "act of furnishing," from Middle French fourniture, from fournir "furnish" (see furnish). Sense of "chairs, tables, etc.; household stuff" (1570s) is unique to English; most other European languages derive their words for this from Latin mobile "movable."