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Furnish

Fur′nish

(fûr′nĭsh)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Furnished
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Furnishing
.]
[OF.
furnir
,
fornir
, to
furnish
,
finish
, F.
fournir
; akin to Pr.
formir
,
furmir
,
fromir
, to accomplish, satisfy, fr. OHG.
frumjan
to further, execute, do, akin to E.
frame
. See
Frame
,
Verb.
T.
, and
-ish
.]
1.
To supply with anything necessary, useful, or appropriate; to provide; to equip; to fit out, or fit up; to adorn;
as, to
furnish
a family with provisions; to
furnish
one with arms for defense; to
furnish
a Cable; to
furnish
the mind with ideas; to
furnish
one with knowledge or principles; to
furnish
an expedition or enterprise, a room or a house.
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished

unto all good works.
2 Tim. iii. 17,
2.
To offer for use; to provide (something); to give (something); to afford;
as, to
furnish
food to the hungry: to
furnish
arms for defense
.
Ye are they . . . that
furnish
the drink offering unto that number.
Is. lxv. 11.
His writings and his life
furnish
abundant proofs that he was not a man of strong sense.
Macaulay.

Fur′nish

,
Noun.
That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply.
[Obs.]
Greene.

Webster 1828 Edition


Furnish

FUR'NISH

,
Verb.
T.
[There is a close affinity, in sense and elements, between furnish, garnish, and the L. orno, which may have been forno or horno. We see in furlow, above the f is lost in three of the languages, and it may be so in orno. The primary sense is to put on, or to set on.]
1.
To supply with any thing wanted or necessary; as, to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish arms for defense; to furnish a table; to furnish a library; to furnish one with money or implements.
2.
To supply; to store; as, to furnish the mind with ideas; to furnish one with knowledge or principles.
3.
To fit up; to supply with the proper goods, vessels or ornamental appendages; as, to furnish a house or a room.
4.
To equip; to fit for an expedition; to supply.

Definition 2022


furnish

furnish

English

Noun

furnish (plural furnishes)

  1. Material used to create an engineered product.
    • 2003, Martin E. Rogers, Timothy E. Long, Synthetic Methods in Step-growth Polymers, Wiley-IEEE, page 257
      The resin-coated furnish is evenly spread inside the form and another metal plate is placed on top.

Verb

furnish (third-person singular simple present furnishes, present participle furnishing, simple past and past participle furnished)

  1. (transitive) To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter II:
      Then his sallow face brightened, for the hall had been carefully furnished, and was very clean. ¶ There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To supply or give.
    to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish the mind with ideas
    • Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
      His writings and his life furnish abundant proofs that he was not a man of strong sense.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), p.119:
      [] he took his seat at the bottom of the table, by her ladyship's desire, and looked as if he felt that life could furnish nothing greater.

Related terms

Translations

External links

  • furnish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • furnish in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Manx

Etymology

From Old French fornais (compare Irish foirnéis, Scottish Gaelic fòirneis), from Latin fornāx.

Noun

furnish m (genitive singular furnish, plural furnishyn)

  1. furnace

Mutation

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
furnish urnish vurnish
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References

  • 2 foirnéis” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.