from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of tapestry or other textile fabric, leather, or the like made for covering the back of a sofa, chair, or other piece of furniture: especially used of decorative pieces made of the size and shape required.


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  • After years of experimenting with drop-down televisions and expensive seat-back monitors, airlines are looking to entertain passengers on the screens the travelers bring with them.

    Playing the Wireless Card: Airlines Rush to Add Wi-Fi

  • Indeed, Virgin America has doubled down on in-flight entertainment with 2012 plans to replace its seat-back touch screens with high-definition ones and to offer a revamped Gogo Wi-Fi service that's four times as fast.

    Playing the Wireless Card: Airlines Rush to Add Wi-Fi

  • The carrier's wide-body aircraft all have lie-flat seats, seat-back entertainment systems and business lounges that compare favorably with those of competitors, according to corporate travel agencies.

    Air Canada Tries New Approach

  • He avoids picking up magazines in seat-back pockets, which he says may harbor germs from previous passengers.

    How to fight germs and stay healthy when you travel

  • The rest of the deck was empty, the girl hanging off the seat-back, frantically trying to keep a lookout while the boy pumped away furiously, his jeans barely lowered off his arse-cheeks.

    The Priest

  • Tray tables can be contaminated, and seat-back pockets, which get stuffed with used tissues, soiled napkins and trash, can be particularly skuzzy.

    Where Germs Lurk on Planes

  • Travelers who expensed in-flight services spent an average $49, with alcohol, meals, Wi-Fi service and seat-back entertainment the most likely purchases.

    Expense Report Confidential

  • Where to find the model number and manufacture date using the label on the Maestro box (left) and seat-back (right).

    Evenflo Maestro car seat recalled after failing Consumer Reports' crash test

  • Truncheons left in every seat-back pocket would do nicely.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What TSA is doing

  • Hannity is once again joined in this crusade by very serious pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Steve Doocy, Alex Castellanos, Joe Scarborough, Laura Ingraham and Glenn Beck who, at one point, claimed that President Obama is both a socialist and a fascist -- a feat that calls to mind an old George Carlin joke about how it's physically impossible to "put your seat-back forward."

    Bob Cesca: Sean Hannity's Ridiculous War Against Socialism


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