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[bak-rest] /ˈbækˌrɛst/
a support used to rest one's back.
Origin of backrest
First recorded in 1855-60; back1 + rest1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He switched to the vacated place with the back rest and began to whistle to himself.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • He found one of these with a back rest, and hurrying down to the water he soaked his handkerchief and carried it to her.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • 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
  • The tool for the back rest is here obviously turned upside down.

  • It is merely a bench, no partition separating passengers, the side of the coach serving as a back rest.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for back rest

back rest

a support for the back of something
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