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

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When not set up as a bed, two 30 by 82-inch futon sofa beds have backrests and cupholders so they can be used for lounging. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 teardrop trailers you can buy right now," 31 Aug. 2018 Atlas has three rows of seating, with a 60/40 bench in the second row with a 14-degree backrest recline function and 7.7-inch separate sliding range, and a 50/50 split two-passenger bench in the rear. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Volkswagen’s Atlas family crossover has room for seven, lots of technology | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Feb. 2018 The new LOVE Park has only four benches with backrests. Stu Bykofsky,, "Is the new LOVE Park all you need? | Stu Bykofsky," 28 June 2018 The wheelchair has a reclining backrest and the leg rests have been removed. The Aegis, "Disabled Aberdeen man's wheelchair is missing," 21 May 2018 Felling was influenced by acclaim furniture artists Wendell Castle and Wharton Esherick when remaking the lines of the armrest, table and backrest. Janet Eastman,, "See what artists did to those old Portland airport benches (photos)," 23 May 2018 The chair has a beverage holder, mesh backrest, and padded armrests, and holds up to 250 pounds. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 9 May 2018 Architect Marcio Kogan’s Quadrado patio sofa for Minotti featured a teak frame and synthetic-wicker backrests, while Hermès’ petite Vice-versa table incorporated a wicker storage shelf. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The 5 Hottest Trends from Milan’s 2018 Furniture Fair," 27 Apr. 2018 The rear seats are spacious, with suede pads on the headrests and a motor to adjust the backrest angle. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: The BMW 640i xDrive GT is the nicest hatchback you’ll ever drive," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of backrest

1833, in the meaning defined above

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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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