fur-ring strips


the act of lining, trimming, or clothing with fur: Furring this coat will take several weeks.
the fur used: What kind of furring would you like?
the formation of a coating of matter on something, as on the tongue: A heavy furring could mean a high fever.
Building Trades.
the attaching of strips of wood or the like (furring strips) to a wall or other surface, as to provide an even support for lath or to provide an air space between the wall and plasterwork.
material used for this purpose.

1350–1400; Middle English; see fur, -ing1

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furring (ˈfɜːrɪŋ)
1.  a.  short for furring strip
 b.  the fixing of furring strips
 c.  furring strips collectively
2.  the formation of fur on the tongue
3.  trimming of animal fur, as on a coat or other garment, or furs collectively

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, probably from O.Fr. fourrer "to line, sheathe," from fuerre "sheath, covering," from Frank. *fodr (cf. O.H.G. >*poul-/*pul-fotar "a cover"), from P.Gmc. *fothram "sheath." The n. (mid-14c.) is from the verb. It was first applied early 15c. to "animal hair still on the animal."
"I'le make the fur Flie 'bout the eares of the old Cur." [Butler, "Hudibras," 1663]
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