Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the back abnormally curved downward: a common deformity in horses. Less properly, same as broken-backed, 3.

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Examples

  • Then the bucket dumping into the spreader, Silver going hollow-backed and stiff, the bucket clanking once against the metal side of the spreader, and Silver exploding, his weight on his haunches, his front end off the ground, his head eight feet in the air, my hand no longer on his bridle.

    The Dirty Life

  • The street was unusually still for the hour of seven in the evening; an increasing drizzle had prevailed since the afternoon, and now formed a gauze across the yellow lamps, and trickled with a gentle rattle down the heavy roofs of stone tile, that bent the house-ridges hollow-backed with its weight, and in some instances caused the walls to bulge outwards in the upper story.

    Wessex Tales

  • Tally-hoes had changed horses on their stages up and down the country; but now the house was rather cavernous and chilly, the stable-roofs were hollow-backed, the landlord was asthmatic, and the traffic gone.

    A Changed Man

  • This ledge projected about eighteen inches, and was not more than a foot wide, while a niche in the cliff just above it, gave it a rude resemblance to one of the hollow-backed chairs used by our ancestors.

    The Gold-Bug

  • This ledge projected about eighteen inches, and was not more than a foot wide, while a niche in the cliff just above it gave it a rude resemblance to one of the hollow-backed chairs used by our ancestors.

    Short Stories for English Courses

  • The portable theatres are invariably wooden and are carried "knocked down" in large wagons drawn by hollow-backed, thick-legged Flemish horses.

    Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders

  • Not only the major articles in it; the stove, the iron bed, the deal table he wrote at, the carpenter's bench, the half invented musical typewriter that he had once attempted to convert an old square piano into, the hollow-backed easy chair, -- but the quite minor and casual trifles as well.

    Mary Wollaston

  • Then he led her to his big hollow-backed easy chair which stood in the dormer where the breeze came in, changed its position

    Mary Wollaston

  • She was a slinking, hollow-backed, quick-fanged creature, still rib-thin from the sickness that had come of eating a poison-bait; a beast shunned by her own kind -- a coward, a murderess even of her own whelps.

    Nomads of the North

  • The A. - D. - C. said, standing straight, hollow-backed, spurred heels together:

    Special Messenger

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