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furniture

[fur-ni-cher] /ˈfɜr nɪ tʃər/
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
1520-1530
1520-30; < French fourniture, derivative of fournir to furnish
Related forms
furnitureless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furnitureless

furniture

/ˈfɜːnɪtʃə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from French fourniture, from fournir to equip, furnish
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Word Origin and History for furnitureless

furniture

n.

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."

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