follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

backrest

[bak-rest] /ˈbækˌrɛst/
noun
1.
a support used to rest one's back.
Origin of backrest
1855-1860
1855-60; back1 + rest1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for back rest
Historical Examples
  • Next I filled one of the rawhide panniers with brush, and lashed it across Jones' neck for a back rest.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • For a moment or two the girl sat with her head against the back rest of the sofa, completely relaxed.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • Push the back rest up till the butt of the turning tool (ground to a rounded point) rests against the concave grinding tool.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • We found comfortable seats on a long box with a bale as a back rest, and the governor sent two chairs for the ladies.

  • Joshua Lake put his head against the back rest of the chair and closed his eyes.

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • A strong, healthy girl will no more need cushions and canoe-chairs than a boy, but a back rest is not always to be despised.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • Inside hung big baskets of wild growth; there was a wide swinging seat, with a back rest, supported by heavy chains.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • He switched to the vacated place with the back rest and began to whistle to himself.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • The tool for the back rest is here obviously turned upside down.

  • A back rest would throw one forward in a frontward lurch, and give no support in case of a backward one.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for back rest

back rest

noun
1.
a support for the back of something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for backrest

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for back

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends