furnish

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English furnysshen, from Old French furniss-, stem of certain parts of furnir, fornir (Modern French fournir), from Germanic, from Frankish *frumjan (to complete, execute), from Proto-Germanic *frumjaną (to further, promote), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- (front, forward). Cognate with Old High German frumjan (to perform, provide), Old High German fruma (utility, gain), Old English fremu (profit, advantage), Old English fremian (to promote, perform). More at frame, frim.

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Noun[edit]

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[edit]

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, 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.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To supply or give.
    to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish the mind with ideas
    • Macaulay
      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), page 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.

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