back·​rest | \ ˈbak-ˌrest How to pronounce backrest (audio) \

Definition of backrest

: a rest for the back

Examples of backrest in a Sentence

a chair with a cushioned backrest
Recent Examples on the Web The 707's firmly padded sport seats have a different stitching pattern than in the standard car, with contrast-color elements around the shoulder area and a center stripe on the backrest. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2022 The wide bars on the seat and backrest make the chairs both stylish and easy to sit in. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2022 The jet pack has a carbon-fiber backrest and safety harness with adjustable arms and seat. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2022 Let go of the Chiron's leash, and your spine gets hit with 1.5 g's of leather backrest while a disorienting fuzziness engulfs you. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 This sturdy steel number will hold up to 400 lbs and has an adjustable backrest to suit fitness lovers of all heights. Dale Arden Chong, Men's Health, 2 Feb. 2022 The app also controls the heated backrest and the optional Illuzio lighting system, whose lights are embedded invisibly in the tub’s shell, and can be set to glow in one of six hues chosen for their chromotherapy properties. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Aviointeriors says a fourth iteration of the design has improved the seat's saddle ergonomy, introduced an angled backrest and increased shoulder space for passengers. Francesca Street, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 Back in the ‘60s, before those high backrest extensions became pretty much standard on passenger cars, whiplash was often a debilitating and/or handicapping ailment for drivers whose cars were hit from the rear. Ira Winderman,, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of backrest

1833, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2022

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“Backrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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back·​rest | \ ˈbak-ˌrest How to pronounce backrest (audio) \

Medical Definition of backrest

: a rest for the back

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