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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fur•ni•ture /ˈfɜrnɪtʃɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Furnituremovable articles, such as tables, chairs, or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
(fûr′ni chər),USA pronunciation n.
- Furniturethe 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.
- Architectureequipment for streets and other public areas, as lighting standards, signs, benches, or litter bins.
- PrintingAlso called bearer, dead metal. 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.
- French fourniture, derivative of fournir to furnish
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
furniture /ˈfɜːnɪtʃə/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: from French fourniture, from fournir to equip, furnish
- the movable, generally functional, articles that equip a room, house, etc
- the equipment necessary for a ship, factory, etc
- lengths of wood, plastic, or metal, used in assembling formes to create the blank areas and to surround the type
- See door furniture, street furniture
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