dead-metal

dead metal

noun Printing.
furniture ( def 4 ).
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furniture

[fur-ni-cher]
noun
1.
the movable articles, as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
2.
fittings, apparatus, or necessary accessories for something.
3.
equipment for streets and other public areas, as lighting standards, signs, benches, or litter bins.
4.
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:
1520–30; < French fourniture, derivative of fournir to furnish

furnitureless, adjective
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furniture (ˈfɜːnɪtʃə)
 
n
1.  the movable, generally functional, articles that equip a room, house, etc
2.  the equipment necessary for a ship, factory, etc
3.  printing lengths of wood, plastic, or metal, used in assembling formes to create the blank areas and to surround the type
4.  the wooden parts of a rifle
5.  obsolete the full armour, trappings, etc, for a man and horse
6.  the attitudes or characteristics that are typical of a person or thing: the furniture of the murderer's mind
7.  informal part of the furniture someone or something that is so long established in an environment as to be accepted as an integral part of it: he has been here so long that he is part of the furniture
8.  door furniture See street furniture
 
[C16: from French fourniture, from fournir to equip, furnish]

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furniture
1520s, "act of furnishing," from M.Fr. fourniture, from fournir "furnish." Sense of "chairs, tables, etc.; household stuff" (1570s) is unique to English; most other European languages derive their words for this from L. mobile "movable."
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