from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In carpentry, a board or plate of wood fastened to a wall at the proper height to prevent the plastering from being injured by the backs of chairs.


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  • We sanded, painted, refinished old furniture, put together new furniture, and readied a beautiful chair-rail …. which sits in the basement workroom, warped by time and dampness.

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  • However, I've occasionally seen them at chair-rail level, which is nice when you want to plug in items from a desk or tabletop without having cords run all over.

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  • Stacks of black, rectangular solids suggestive of consumer electronics protrude from interior walls extending from the floor to chair-rail height.

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  • Our architect wants to leave it white and put some hand-painted flowers around, chair-rail like.

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  • In another moment I was standing outside the hovel, my chair-rail in my hand, every muscle of me quivering.

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  • A maple chair-rail border ran between velvety milk-white parchment wallpaper stained nicotine yellow and scuffed white wood.

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  • Cover the lower wall in a densely printed canvas-backed vinyl, and top with chair-rail molding to camouflage fingerprints from the four-foot-and-under crowd.

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  • The cleaning staff, polishing a chair-rail molding here, or a banister there, dropped into deep curtsies as she swept past.

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  • Before the fire Captain Jemmy brooded, with chin on breast, hands grasping the chair-rail and long legs stretched out, one on each side of the hearth.

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  • He crawled on his hands and knees until he reached the chair-rail, which he clutched desperately, drawing himself up.

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