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chair rail

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  1. a molding on an interior wall for preventing the backs of chairs from rubbing against plaster.
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Origin of chair rail

First recorded in 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • I saw the top of the head over the chair-rail, and knew it was Sandy Carmichael's.

    Nancy Stair

    Elinor Macartney Lane

  • The dining-room should have a wainscot of dark paper below the chair-rail, and a paper with little or no figure upon it above.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • A chair-rail should be made in the dining-room of quarter-inch strips fastened to the walls three inches above the floor.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • He crawled on his hands and knees until he reached the chair-rail, which he clutched desperately, drawing himself up.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath

  • In another moment I was standing outside the hovel, my chair-rail in my hand, every muscle of me quivering.