from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rest or support for the back.

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  • n. the back piece of a chair, used to support the sitter's back

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a support that you can lean against while sitting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a support that you can lean against while sitting


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  • The sun chair, its beams rising from the backrest, is a Rosenthal design, using borrowed and universal symbols, and it has been copied and interpreted so much that it has become part of the landscape.

    Santa Clara del Cobre & Erongaricuaro

  • Its backrest is cantilevered and gets locked in place when you lay your weight on it.


  • Vertically centered in the backrest is a column of detailed carvings depicting animals, birds, flowers, hearts, and other designs based in Chinese folk art.

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

  • Warrl curled behind her as a kind of backrest, which made the room look much less crowded.


  • A major benefit is that the actuator is integrated into the lower backrest, meaning in the event of a rear impact collision, it is activated by the passenger's pelvis. Aktuelle Nachrichten

  • Using a nearby post as a backrest, I sat down and waited.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad

  • The backrest and headrest are screwed together by a pair of aluminum supports.

    Boing Boing

  • The armrests are screwed to shock mounts on the interior of the backrest shell, allowing the backrest and headrest to flex when the chair is in use.

    Boing Boing

  • Its key innovation lies in a backrest/seat module with a cinched ‘waist’ that swivels within a rimmed concave steady base resting on four wooden legs.

    The Luna Chair by Andreas Varotsos for Varangis

  • The ends of each piece are carved to fit into the next so tightly that they must be hammered together, with curves on the backrest that seem to echo the pointed stone arches and vaults that can be found in buildings across the city center.

    Crafting the Resilient Chiavarina


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