from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a bottom or seat made with rushes: as, a rushbottomed chair.


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  • She retreated to the landing-place till he had opened the shutters, and then saw an apartment the most forlorn she had ever beheld, containing no other furniture than a ragged stuff bed, two worn-out rush-bottomed chairs, an old wooden box, and a bit of broken glass which was fastened to the wall by two bent nails.


  • All their worldly goods are a bag, a large chest and an old chair: one, old, high - backed, rush-bottomed chair: a solitary settler in itself.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • The very furniture, the red paper with yellow patterns in the drawing-room, the numerous rush-bottomed chairs in the dining-room, the faded wool-work cushions, embroidered with figures of girls and dogs, on the sofa, the branching lamps, and the gloomy-looking portraits on the walls — everything inspired an involuntary melancholy, about everything there clung a sense of chill and flatness.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  •  What he saw, in the topmost room where he had lain, was a figure on a rush-bottomed chair, sitting away from the light, twisting her hands.

    Son of a Witch

  • A small wooden bedstead, a long deal table, and four or five rush-bottomed chairs, constituted the whole furniture of the apartment.

    La Vend�e

  • The rest of the furniture consisted of two articles, a perfectly plain deal table and a wooden rush-bottomed chair.

    A Raw Youth

  • In the society of Konrad and Henrik's youth, [F] ifty million people found their security in the feeling that their Emperor was in bed every night before midnight and up again before five, sitting by candlelight at his desk in an American rush-bottomed chair, while everyone else who had pledged their loyalty to him was obeying the customs and the laws.

    Embers by Sandor Marai: Questions

  • The corregidor himself waited upon us, and a great rush-bottomed arm-chair was ostentatiously bolstered into our room by our landlady, for the accommodation of that important personage.

    The Alhambra

  • Strong tea and high-backed, rush-bottomed chairs were provided for the newcomers, though Verin and Faile got embroidered cushions.

    The Shadow Rising

  • A rush-bottomed chair, a deal table, dishes of common yellow earthenware, bone-handled knives and forks, and two or three silver spoons, were all that remained of her former grandeur, and the dinner was on a par with the furniture.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century


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