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 seat is low (and wide), the bars rise a bit to meet your hands, and on my very hip matte Stellar Black version (with just the right mount of chrome bits), there’s a likewise comfy passenger seat and small backrest. Bill Roberson, Forbes, "Royal Enfield Serves Up A Retro Cool Beginner Bike With The New Meteor 350," 6 Apr. 2021 The Inlet — which is meant for beginner kayakers — is built with an adjustable footrest and backrest, as well as a comfortable seat pad. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New and Notable: Latest launches from Anker, Madewell, All-Clad and more," 8 Mar. 2021 An ergonomic ball chair will include a backrest and a flexible base. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best ball chair: Improve your posture and strengthen your core," 26 Feb. 2021 Josie Abugov, twenty, spent an hour a day for two weeks perching on what is essentially a desk chair with a small backrest and a yoga ball substituting for a seat cushion. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Is the Pandemic Breaking Our Backs?," 22 Mar. 2021 Adjustable foot braces, padded backrest and thigh supports provide good comfort. Bob Beacham,, "15 best cheap kayaks," 8 Mar. 2021 Although the chair is pricey, its suspension on the seat and backrest will keep you comfortable and supported for long stretches of time. Rachel Moskowitz, USA TODAY, "Ergonomic chairs and other products that can help you work from home more comfortably," 11 Jan. 2021 The curved backrest hugs the contours of your spine, keeping your head upright without a headrest. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "3 Great Gaming Chairs for Any Budget," 20 Oct. 2020 Naturally, the seats are of fine leather, and the front buckets are adjustable eight ways and have backrest-angle controls. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Rejuvenates Traditional Luxury," 23 Sep. 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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“Backrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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