backrest

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back +‎ rest

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backrest (plural backrests)

  1. The back piece of a chair, used to support the sitter's back.
    • 2011, Thad Nodine, chapter 3, in Touch and Go: A Novel, [Lakewood, Colo.]: Unbridled Books, →ISBN, page 39:
      I can identify the pattern of wood grain on my chair at Mom and Dad's kitchen table, but I don't try to sketch it in my mind. For me, chairness is nonvisual; it's the feel of a seat connected to four legs and a backrest.
  2. A guide attached to the slide rest of a lathe, and placed in contact with the work to steady it in turning.

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