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1. A piece of equipment necessary or useful for comfort or convenience.
2. furnishings The furniture, appliances, and other movable articles in a home or other building.
3. furnishings Wearing apparel and accessories.


(ˈfɜr nɪ ʃɪŋ)

1. furnishings,
a. furniture, carpeting, etc., for a house or room.
b. articles or accessories of dress: men's furnishings.
2. that with which anything is furnished.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furnishing - (usually plural) accessory wearing apparelfurnishing - (usually plural) accessory wearing apparel
accessory, accouterment, accoutrement - clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
2.furnishing - (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
appointment, fitting - (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
curtain, drape, drapery, pall, mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture - furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
instrumentation, instrumentality - an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
carpet, carpeting, rug - floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
3.furnishing - the act of decorating a house or room
interior design, interior decoration - the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior


A piece of equipment for comfort or convenience:
appointment (used in plural), movable.
Chiefly British: fitting (used in plural).
References in classic literature ?
But once get used to these slight blemishes and nothing could be more complete, for good sense and good taste had presided over the furnishing, and the result was highly satisfactory.
A large, civil cocked hat, like those worn by clergymen within the last thirty years, surmounted the whole, furnishing dignity to a good-natured and somewhat vacant countenance, that apparently needed such artificial aid, to support the gravity of some high and extraordinary trust.
In most cases this lower jaw --being easily unhinged by a practised artist --is disengaged and hoisted on deck for the purpose of extracting the ivory teeth, and furnishing a supply of that hard white whalebone with which the fishermen fashion all sorts of curious articles, including canes, umbrella-stocks, and handles to riding-whips.
It showed two very pretty little birds building themselves a home; and Marija had asked an acquaintance to read it to her, and told them that it related to the furnishing of a house.
Clare had gratified his own eye and taste, in furnishing this room in a style that had a peculiar keeping with the character of her for whom it was intended.
He was in the gentlemen's furnishing line, and his missionarying specialty was plug hats.
Well, I don't like to acknowledge it, Dorcas, but I don't see how I can consistently stick to my doubts in the face of such overwhelming proof as this dog is furnishing.
1] The chaleteer's business consisted in furnishing refreshments to tourists.
I must see what I can give them towards furnishing their house.
It's not a great deal towards the furnishing,' said Traddles, 'but it's something.
I was every day furnishing the court with some ridiculous story: and Glumdalclitch, although she loved me to excess, yet was arch enough to inform the queen, whenever I committed any folly that she thought would be diverting to her majesty.
Within two years after their landing, they beheld a rival settlement attempted in their immediate neighborhood; and not long after, the laws of self- preservation compelled them to break up a nest of revellers, who boasted of protection from the mother country, and who had recurred to the easy but pernicious resource of feeding their wanton idleness, by furnishing the savages with the means, the skill, and the instruments of European destruction.