from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The movable articles in a room or an establishment that make it fit for living or working.
- n. Archaic The necessary equipment for a saddle horse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Large movable item(s), usually in a room, which enhance(s) the room's characteristics, functionally or decoratively.
- n. The harness, trappings etc. of a horse, hawk, or other animal.
- n. Fittings, such as handles, of a door, coffin, or other wooden item.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That with which anything is furnished or supplied; supplies; outfit; equipment.
- n. Articles used for convenience or decoration in a house or apartment, as tables, chairs, bedsteads, sofas, carpets, curtains, pictures, vases, etc.
- n. The necessary appendages to anything, as to a machine, a carriage, a ship, etc.
- n. The masts and rigging of a ship.
- n. The mountings of a gun.
- n. Builders' hardware such as locks, door and window trimmings.
- n. Pieces of wood or metal of a lesser height than the type, placed around the pages or other matter in a form, and, with the quoins, serving to secure the form in its place in the chase.
- n. A mixed or compound stop in an organ; -- sometimes called mixture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, that with which anything is furnished or supplied to fit it for operation or use; that which fits or equips for use or action; outfit; equipment: as, the furniture of a war-horse, or of a microscope; table furniture.
- n. The act of furnishing.
- n. Collectively and specifically— Those movables required for use or ornament in a dwelling, a place of business or of assembly, etc.
- n. The necessary appendages in various employments or arts, as the brasswork of locks, door-knobs, and window-shutters, the masts and rigging of a ship, the mounting of a musket, etc.
- n. In printing, the pieces of wood or metal placed between and around pages of type to keep them the requisite distance apart and to aid in securing them in the chase.
- n. In organ-building, one of the varieties of mixture-stops.
- n. In a harness, all of the metallic parts with the exception of the bits and rosettes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
Old French fourniture, from fournir, to furnish; see furnish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French fourniture ("a supply, or the act of furnishing"), from fournir ("to furnish"). (Wiktionary)