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[bent-woo d] /ˈbɛntˌwʊd/
wood steamed and bent for use in furniture.
an article of furniture made of bentwood.
of or relating to furniture made principally of pieces of wood of circular or oval section, steamed, bent, and screwed together:
a bentwood rocking chair.
Origin of bentwood
First recorded in 1860-65; bent1 + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • bentwood snatched eagerly at the glass and drained it at a gulp.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • bentwood had a positive genius for the occult and underground.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • As soon as bentwood had regained his power of speech, he drank his coffee.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • As he clenched and drove his left home, bentwood came heavily to the ground.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • Ranged in two rows facing each other are eight or ten American bentwood rocking-chairs.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Big as he was, bentwood looked small and mean at that moment.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • Presently she sat down on a bentwood rocking-chair and swayed to and fro, aware of an ebbing of confidence.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • "Anything that I can do for you, gentlemen," bentwood said meekly.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • You had better go off with my men, because I have no further need of your services for the present, Dr. bentwood.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • With an oath, bentwood darted forward and flung himself upon Berrington's shoulders.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for bentwood


  1. wood bent in moulds after being heated by steaming, used mainly for furniture
  2. (as modifier): a bentwood chair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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