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flat back

a book spine presenting a completely flat surface.
a book bound with such a spine.
Origin of flat back
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Its short waist suited her youthful bust and flat back and narrow shoulders.

  • This makes a flat back with no fullness and is called a bound placket.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The back is then "rounded" by use of a hammer; if the book is to be a "flat back" one, the rounding is very slight.

  • And he went to the fireplace, turned round, and began to warm his flat back.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • This upset me so that I forgot thereafter to keep a flat back at the finish of the stroke.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • She looked towards the open door and saw the footman's flat back, and narrow head covered with carefully plastered hair.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • Much must however be determined by the size and shape of the book as to whether a flat back is adopted or not.

    The Private Library Arthur L. Humphreys
  • The viol differed from the violin family proper in having a flat back like a guitar, and rounded corners.

  • A deformed negro held a lease of the ferry, and pulled a flat back and forth across the river by means of a chain and windlass.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • He's got a straight, flat back and good teeth and eyes—will they make up for a shabby wardrobe and no visiting list?

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris

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