from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rest or support of any kind for the head; specifically, in photography, an adjustable apparatus, generally a metallic skeleton frame, placed behind the sitter to steady and support his head during the taking of his portrait.


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  • Moveable curtains and head-rest covers signal "business class"—the airline can sell as many business-class tickets, usually at 50% higher than a regular coach ticket, as it can, then adjust the curtains and headrests for each flight depending on bookings.

    Flight of Fantasy: For Vacation, Some Fliers Play Airline

  • Martinez stretched his right arm across the passenger's head-rest and turned.


  • What happened now was that one white-coated veck strapped my gulliver to a like head-rest, singing to himself all the time some vonny cally pop-song.

    Where's the show?

  • Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. The seats of the sedan are ergonomically sound, and boast an integrated head-rest.

    Toyota Rolls Out New Sedan

  • The teacher I presume fumbled the hand-odd and tagged the student with the pad for the head-rest.

    Dad ketteh sez: turn off teh lights! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Idle conversation for the sake of it escaped her, and she leaned back against the head-rest and closed her eyes.

    Purchased By The Billionaire

  • Like the Abyssinian article, it resembles the head-rest of ancient Egypt in all points, except that it is not worked with Typhons and other horrors to drive away dreadful dreams.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • He said no more for a while, resting his neck against the thick, cushioned hide of the chair's head-rest.

    Ironhand's Daughter

  • Leaning back against the head-rest of the padded leather chair, he stared at the panelled ceiling, his mind tired, his thoughts fragmented.

    The Hawk Eternal

  • That same box contains their portraits, their photographs stuck on visiting cards, which are printed on the back with the name of Uyeno, the fashionable photographer in Nagasaki -- the little creatures fit only to figure daintily on painted fans, who have striven to assume a dignified attitude when once their necks have been placed in the head-rest, and they have been told: "Now, don't move."

    The French Immortals Series — Complete


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