- furniture, carpeting, etc., for a house or room.
- articles or accessories of dress: men's furnishings.
- that with which anything is furnished.
Origin of furnishing
- to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.
- to provide or supply (often followed by with): The delay furnished me with the time I needed.
- paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.
Origin of furnish
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Examples from the Web for furnishing
He began to make tentative suggestions as to their furnishing.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He had great hopes of furnishing equable weather to all the Earth.Slaves of Mercury
The furnishing of the house was a most important undertaking.
It was only when I went to my bedroom that I realised the oversights which I had made in my furnishing.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
As yet, we have seen no arrangement for furnishing air to the chick.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
- to equip with what is necessary; fit out
- to give; supplythe records furnished the information required
Word Origin and History for furnishing
mid-15c., from Middle French furniss-, present participle stem of furnir "furnish, accomplish," from Old French fornir (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from West Germanic *frumjan "forward movement, advancement" (cf. Old High German frumjan "to do, execute, provide"), from Proto-Germanic *fram- "forwards" (see from). Meaning "to provide" (something) is from 1520s. Related: Furnished; furnishing.