furring definition by Webster's New World
- fur used for trimming or lining
- the act of trimming, lining, etc. with fur
- a coating of diseased or waste matter, as on the tongue
- the fastening of thin strips of wood or metal as to joists, studs, or masonry walls in order to form a level backing for flooring, plaster, etc. or to provide air spaces
- the strips so usedin full furring strips
furring definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Trimming or lining made of fur.
- A furlike coating, as on the tongue.
- a. The preparation of a wall, ceiling, or floor with strips of wood or metal to provide a level substratum for plaster, flooring, or another surface or to create an air space.b. Strips of material used in this process.
Variant of fur
- the soft, thick hair covering the body of many mammals
- a skin bearing such hair, when stripped and processed for making, lining, or trimming garments; dressed pelt
- any garment, neckpiece, trimming, etc. made of such skins
- any furlike or fuzzy coating, as diseased matter on the tongue in illness
Origin: Middle English furre, probably contr. ; from furrure, fur lining or blanket Old French fourrure ; from fuerre, sheath, lining ; from Frankish an unverified form fodr, akin to German futter ; from Indo-European base an unverified form po-, to tend flocks, cover, protect from source Classical Greek poimēn, Sanskrit pālá-, shepherd
- to line, cover, make, or trim with fur
- to coat with any smooth, furlike deposit
- to use furring in constructing (a floor, wall, etc.)