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

  • n. Wood that has been steamed until pliable and then bent into shape.

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  • n. Lengths of wood that have been made pliable by heating with steam and then bent into the appropriate shape (to make furniture, ship's hulls etc)

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

  • n. wood that is steamed until it becomes pliable and then is shaped for use in making furniture


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  • Oak table painted White with four very sturdy metal chairs in the "bentwood" style.

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  • The four solid wood chairs were created using the bentwood technique where the furniture is sculpted via steaming and molding.

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  • Square wooden tables, aged to look antique, and vintage-style bentwood chairs bring in a bit of Europe.

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  • It fills the corner of a nondescript block, its size calling to mind an old-fashioned parlor where you might order at the counter, choose between a selection that doesn't range much wider than pistachio or maple walnut and then take yourself to a bentwood chair at a water-stained wooden table.

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  • I sat in the bentwood rocker and felt the beauty of the Christmas season.

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  • In the living room, an Eames lounge sits catty-corner to a bentwood rocker; on the dining table, jelly-jar tumblers are set next to Nicole's grandmother's sterling silverware.

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  • Thoughts like, "I can't give up that gorgeous little white creamer," pop into my head and for a second at least I am convinced I can't go, I can't be separated from some adorable little dish, or expertly molded bentwood chair.

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  • Ted Watson Kennedy, in Seattle, has vintage bentwood chairs that work in bathrooms as they have a very pretty shape and take up little space.

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  • Aside from a few additions, there's the same rustic stone fireplace in the living room, plenty of bentwood furniture to plunk down on and the original beamed ceiling.

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  • An optical illusion by Ciarán Treanor, still a student – bentwood lines that read as rearing horses if you look long and very hard – stands outside the resplendent stables.

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