from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a back bent like a bow.


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  • He realizes, as James puts it, that something greater than politics explains the world: "The figures on the chessboard were still the passions and jealousies and superstitions and stupidities of man, and thus positioned with regard to each other, at any given moment, could be of interest only to the grim invisible fates who played the game—who sat, through the ages, bow-backed over the table."

    To the Barricades! Revolutionaries in Novels

  • I sat there in that bow-backed chair, surrounded by boxes and instruments, looking crazy until Francis touched my hand.


  • Pointing to the table along the side wall, he moved past her and settled into one of the bow-backed Windsor chairs.


  • The path twisted, and before them was a scene lit red with flames: a gently bow-backed stone bridge across the creek bristled with the enemy's advance.

    War for the Oaks

  • I was shown straight into his study, and there I found him, a huge, bow-backed man with a smoky skin and a straggling gray beard, seated behind his littered desk.

    Freedom When?

  • _Teniente_, as he gazed reflectively into the street, where a dozen naked children, squatting in the sand, disputed the freedom of the highway with a score of lean dogs and bow-backed pigs of voracious appetites.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860

  • Britain had to mass-produce affordable furniture for postwar rebuilding, and Ercolani devised a method of producing 3,000 bow-backed Windsor chairs a week from a mechanised production line at the Ercol factory in High Wycombe.

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