[uhp-hohl-stuh-ree, -stree, uh-pohl-]
- the materials used to cushion and cover furniture.
- the business of an upholsterer.
Origin of upholstery
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Examples from the Web for upholstery
The newest coach seats drop the upholstery and, instead, are shells molded to the human spine.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
An upholstery technique used in the 1700s makes the silk glued onto molded timberwork atop the bed look like liquid gold.Savoir Beds’ Royal State Bed: Just Perfect, If You Have $175,000
June 27, 2013
The upholstery van seemed to run best at sixty miles an hour; anything faster and the front tires shook a bit.
Mr. McBride ran his upholstery shop in the old icehouse on Lee Street, a few blocks off the square in downtown Clanton.
Both are very ancient, sadly in need of upholstery, and jerky of locomotion.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
The very chairs were of an architecture and upholstery incongruous to them.In a Little Town
Even the upholstery of chairs and the lounge had been ripped.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
Upholstery and the outlay of human capital, could do no more.
But his arms and legs refused to move away from the upholstery.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
- the padding, covering, etc, of a piece of furniture
- the business, work, or craft of upholstering
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Word Origin and History for upholstery
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