from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wood in rods, bars, and narrow boards and moldings softened in steam and fastened while hot into a curved clamp to give it a bent form. When cold and removed from the clamp it retains its form. Used in boat-building and in furniture-making.


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  • The concept behind the house is a yurt—the portable, bent-wood dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia.

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  • The laminated structure consists of prefabricated, bent-wood members and a series of interconnected fiberglass pods.

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  • We sat in the bent-wood rocker on the porch and watched the LBD chase Gray down the sidewalk while listening to Death Cab....

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  • The only element of the production that was in any way alive was the woven wood set by the wonderfully named Dedalus Wainwright, a handsomely textured wall that took the grainy, non-specific projections and inexplicable film clips lots of Armenian sheep very well, and a tall, striking bent-wood sculpture within which the dancers posed, but nobody found any compelling way to use.


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  • The two women sat in their bent-wood rocking-chairs and just sobbed.

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  • Kate shattered this face-to-face symmetry, and had the two girls, Maria and Concha, assisted by the ironic Juana, carrying off the brown bent-wood chairs and the bamboo stands into one of the spare bedrooms.

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  • The second day, Kate had the energy to cast out one suite of bent-wood and cane furniture from her salon, remove pictures and little stands.

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  • His jacket was on a hanger on a bent-wood hatstand.

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  • I sat down in an old bent-wood rocker with my back to them, and gestured him into a comfortable armchair facing the view.

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