furnish
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfɝnɪʃ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈfɜːnɪʃ/
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 (furnishes, present participle furnishing; past and past participle furnished)

  1. (transitive) To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter II, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0091 ↗:
      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 (something).
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 4, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • 1813 January 26, [Jane Austen], chapter VI, in Pride and Prejudice: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Printed [by George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 38659585 ↗, page 67 ↗:
      [H]e 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.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To supply (somebody) with something.
    • 1863, J[oseph] Sheridan Le Fanu, “Narrating How Lieutenant Puddock and Captain Devereux Brewed a Bowl of Punch, and How They Sang and Discoursed Together”, in The House by the Church-yard. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Tinsley, Brothers, […], OCLC 18952474 ↗, page 304 ↗:
      [...] Mrs. Irons rebelled in her bed, and refused peremptorily to get up again, to furnish the musical topers with rum and lemons. [...]
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Furnish
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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