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rocking chair

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noun
  1. a chair mounted on rockers or springs so as to permit a person to rock back and forth while sitting.

Origin of rocking chair

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
Also called rocker.
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Examples from the Web for rocking chair

Historical Examples

  • His wife sat down in the rocking-chair with a sigh of despair.

    One Day's Courtship

    Robert Barr

  • "Ya'as," she replied, from a rocking-chair in the corner facing him.

  • She collapsed in a rocking-chair and put her handkerchief to her face.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Galusha Bangs, in the rocking-chair by the center table, was looking at her.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Miss Hoag leaned back in her rocking-chair and closed her eyes.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for rocking chair

rocking chair

noun
  1. a chair set on curving supports so that the sitter may rock backwards and forwards
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