One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Large movable equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for living or working.
- ‘I informed my mother, who was busy arranging furniture in the living room.’
- ‘By contrast, in the center of the first gallery was a room's worth of furniture: a sofa, chair, coffee table, lamp and rug.’
- ‘If you are in a room with lots of furniture, tables, chairs, bar stools, etc., use them to your advantage.’
- ‘Travel furniture from chairs, tables and bookcases to bedroom suites, was in much demand in the late 18th and 19th centuries.’
- ‘The houses inside were full of furniture like chairs tables beds and other things of the sort.’
- ‘When you entered the doorway you faced a mirrored closet and then, right in front of you was a large room where they put the dining room furniture, pool table, stereo system and couch.’
- ‘They didn't buy any more furniture for the living room or extra bedrooms because furnishing the baby's room was the most important thing on their list.’
- ‘He makes coat stands, dining room suites, bedroom furniture and tables or anything his private and corporate clients ask.’
- ‘An ethos of functionalism informed all of their furniture designs.’
- ‘Around the edges of the room were pieces of furniture like tables and a few chairs.’
- ‘Use ladderback chairs, rocking chairs, benches, wicker furniture and Windsor chairs.’
- ‘We collected dust samples from the participants' mattresses, bedding, bedroom floors, living room floors, upholstered furniture, and kitchens.’
- ‘I saw his bed was in the same design as his furniture in the living room had been.’
- ‘The walls were still brick, but she had brought in an overstuffed couch and glass coffee table for furniture and placed plants and a very nice book case in the corner.’
- ‘A chair and a table were the only furniture in the room.’
- ‘It was a large room with pretty oak furniture: a desk, queen bed, and wardrobe.’
- ‘Henny and I sit on one of the two slip-covered red couches - the only furniture in the living room except for two dining tables.’
- ‘The Embark furniture range will include lamps, bar stools, coffee tables, dining furniture and reclining chairs.’
- ‘John works with a bunch of artisans in a small-scale factory where they can knock up stage furniture, chairs, tables, small boats - and ships!’
- ‘He plastered the front hall with Christmas cards, new and old, and moved much of the living room furniture to the family room.’
2usually with adjective or noun modifier Small accessories or fittings for a particular use or piece of equipment.‘computer hardware, software, and furniture’
- ‘To brighten up your workplace, Designo has a wide variety of corporate furniture and accessories too.’
- ‘A temporary roof and ceiling were added to the nave and the chancel and much of the furniture and fittings of the old Cathedral were used to maintain links with the past.’
- ‘The company has negotiated a special furniture and fitting package with Harvey Norman for units that have yet to be fitted out.’
- ‘This not only includes basic furniture items, but a ‘homeowner's pack’ of cutlery, crockery, basic pans and bathroom accessories.’
- ‘There was £40,000 damage and much of the furniture, windows and fittings had to be replaced.’
- ‘Available in 142 colors and eight animal prints, the fabric is ideal for occasional furniture and accessories.’
- ‘Pricing can be an issue as many of his lamps are art objects as much as functional furniture.’
- ‘Specially-commissioned glass screens, new furniture, fittings and an aquarium complete the project.’
- ‘They use cheap materials and actually destroy a lot of decent furniture and fittings in the process - if something is considered unfashionable it gets taken out or painted over.’
- ‘Lissadell House will be stripped of its historical furniture and fittings before the new owners take over in December.’
- 2.1 The mountings of a rifle.
- ‘His Model 1866 Winchester did not have the traditional wooden furniture, but rather an ivory polymer buttstock and forearm.’
- 2.2Printing Pieces of wood or metal placed around or between metal type to make blank spaces and fasten the type in the chase.
part of the furniture
informal A person or thing that has been somewhere so long as to seem a permanent, unquestioned, or invisible feature of the landscape.
- ‘One effect of being invited to respond glibly to horror on an almost daily basis has been to domesticate it, to get us used to it as if it were part of the furniture.’
- ‘Here is a tavern where cheques are cashed to the value of £100 and Havana cigars are part of the furniture.’
- ‘Certain shows have a habit of becoming part of the furniture so you feel a loss when they're gone.’
- ‘He was obviously a really good con man, giving the impression that he was part of the furniture down at Clifton.’
- ‘Having worked in Guiseley for so long, I feel that I am part of the furniture.’
- ‘She's like part of the furniture - people always expect her to be there.’
- ‘For many years the trophies have been part of the furniture at the 82-year-old Walton and Frinton Yacht Club.’
- ‘I mentioned it to Henrik way back that he is far from being considered just part of the furniture here.’
- ‘At first the cameras are a bit daunting, but by the end they are just part of the furniture.’
- ‘By filming the show in such a way as to essentially turn the audience into part of the furniture, we get to be in on the jokes, without being the butt of them.’
- ‘This seems very much the sense that Corbett has of himself: a cheery part of the furniture, a nothing flash but nonetheless welcome fixture.’
- ‘Pigeon flocks have almost become a part of the furniture in York, with the birds gathering in most squares and open spaces.’
- ‘‘In fact, people will be intrigued at first until they get used to it and then it will become part of the furniture,’ she said.’
- ‘Sounds improbable, but Dave Bassett has become part of the furniture at Oakwell.’
- ‘It's not poetic, but I guess the closest comparison is that she was like part of the furniture.’
Early 16th century (denoting the action of furnishing): from French fourniture, from fournir, from Old French furnir ‘to furnish’.
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