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 packages were hidden in the seat and the backrest of the wheelchair. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Nogales customs officers find meth smuggled inside wheelchair," 15 May 2020 The seat has a backrest and an extender, fitting riders from whose height falls between 4 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 6 inches. NBC News, "Why I love the FitDesk — and always try to avoid static desks," 1 Apr. 2020 Borrowed from the 918 and other Stuttgart exotica, the carbon-fiber shells move fore and aft, but the backrest is fixed and very upright. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Speedster Makes a Case for Less Is More," 27 Mar. 2020 When the driver lifts off the brake while keeping the gas pinned, the clutch engages, power courses through the all-wheel-drive system, and the seat is left with a you-sized imprint in the backrest. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: Porsche's Panamera GTS Is All About the V-8," 18 Mar. 2020 Or a style with a classic silhouette and backrest that adds to the craftsman look. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "How to Design a Classic Kitchen That Will Stand the Test of Time," 16 Mar. 2020 The seat is padded as is the adjustable backrest and there are multiple footrest positions for comfort. Outdoor Life, "Fishing Kayaks That Will Take You to Your Next Secret Hotspot," 15 Mar. 2020 Made with delicate yet durable fabric, the bed features a comfortable quilted pillow and backrest. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Have a Fancy Cat? He Needs This Minimalist Furniture Set," 2 Dec. 2019 Most cover both the backrest and seat portions of a vehicle’s backseat, and keep dirty dogs and other items off the seats to protect them from grime, wear and tear. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Dog Proof Your Vehicle Seats," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of backrest

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backrest was in 1833

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19 May 2020

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“Backrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of backrest

: a support for a person to lean back against while sitting


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

Medical Definition of backrest

: a rest for the back

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