[ bak-rest ]

  1. a support used to rest one's back.

Origin of backrest

First recorded in 1855–60; back1 + rest1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use backrest in a sentence

  • I insisted on her taking my own rocker, while I fixed myself on the floor with a pillar for a back-rest.

  • When he got through and sounded I had to have the back-rest replaced in the seat to rest my aching back.

    Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
  • He found one of these with a back rest, and hurrying down to the water he soaked his handkerchief and carried it to her.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
  • Push the back rest up till the butt of the turning tool (ground to a rounded point) rests against the concave grinding tool.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
  • Pulling a box near the stove and using it as a back-rest, he gathered his blankets tightly round him and lit his pipe.

    Murder Point | Coningsby Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for back rest

back rest

  1. a support for the back of something

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