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rocking chair

a chair mounted on rockers or springs so as to permit a person to rock back and forth while sitting.
Also called rocker.
Origin of rocking chair
1750-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jenny Strong did rock big rocks in that rocking-chair while she did talk.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • One morning she sat in her rocking-chair, doing what she thought was a "stint."

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • She rose from her rocking-chair and moved feebly towards her bedroom.

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • A rocking-chair was by; she had seen it, and knew where to lay her hand to draw it forward.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • She felt as safe on the back of a horse as in a rocking-chair.

  • Papa was sitting in the rocking-chair, by the stove, when she went back.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • And he flung himself like a sulky child into an American rocking-chair on the broad verandah.

    The White Man's Foot Grant Allen
  • Mis' Sturgis in the rocking-chair was waving a corner of her shawl.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • She moved outdoors, and took a rocking-chair at the opposite end of the piazza from John and Edna.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
  • He was in a rocking-chair, and his hands lay heavily against the back of it.

British Dictionary definitions for rocking-chair

rocking chair

a chair set on curving supports so that the sitter may rock backwards and forwards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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