- 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
Examples from the Web for furniture
The carpeting is worn, the furniture is falling apart, and the electricity is out for most of the day.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
They were carpenters making chairs, beds and other rudimentary pieces of furniture for the locals.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
The charisma and brand of the artist itself becomes a kind of furniture.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
Residents had placed makeshift roadblocks, including wooden beams and furniture, on roads leading to the protest.A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads
November 10, 2014
Otherwise, he must abandon his house; the al Qaeda members offered to help remove his furniture.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
For its being a little bare of furniture, all such places were.To be Read at Dusk
The furniture screened the two watchers, and he fancied himself alone.Life in London
Sir, it is a useless piece of furniture to me; I do not understand these things.The Imaginary Invalid
At first, by the aid of the furniture, she was able to get to the balcony.The Dream
Then I shall have money to get all the furniture and the rugs and things we truly need.Her Father's Daughter
- 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 furniture
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."