1. [syn: furnishing, trappings]
2. (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable;
3. the act of decorating a house or room;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Furnish \Fur"nish\ (f[^u]r"n[i^]sh), v. 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, v. t.,
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
unto all good works. --2 Tim. iii.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (usually plural) accessory wearing apparel [syn:
2: (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and
appliances and other movable accessories including curtains
and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
3: the act of decorating a house or room
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
37 Moby Thesaurus words for "furnishing":
accouterment, adaptation, adjustment, armament, catering,
chandlery, conditioning, enablement, endowment, equipment, finding,
fit, fitting, fitting out, furnishment, investment, logistics,
outfitting, preparation, procurement, providing, provision,
provisioning, purveyance, qualification, reinforcement,
replenishment, resupply, retailing, selling, subsidization,
subsidy, subvention, supply, supplying, tuning, victualing