Furniture Fur"ni*ture, n. [F. fourniture. See {Furnish}, v. t.] 1. That with which anything is furnished or supplied; supplies; outfit; equipment. [1913 Webster]

The form and all the furniture of the earth. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

The thoughts which make the furniture of their minds. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

2. Articles used for convenience or decoration in a house or apartment, as tables, chairs, bedsteads, sofas, carpets, curtains, pictures, vases, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. The necessary appendages to anything, as to a machine, a carriage, a ship, etc. (a) (Naut.) The masts and rigging of a ship. (b) (Mil.) The mountings of a gun. (c) Builders' hardware such as locks, door and window trimmings. (d) (Print) 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. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) A mixed or compound stop in an organ; -- sometimes called mixture. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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