ladder-back chair


ladder-back chair
ladder-back chair [lad′ər bak΄]
n.
a chair with a back of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats

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       chair with a tall back constructed of horizontal slats or spindles between two uprights. The type is utilitarian and often rustic; the seat is often of cane or rush.

      Appearing in the Middle Ages, ladder-back chairs had become widespread in England by the 17th century and were in common use in colonial America as well. By the middle of that century, they were also copied by fashionable furniture makers who used walnut instead of sycamore or maple and added elaborate refinements. The top slat, which even in simple types was usually larger than the others and was sometimes pierced for ease of handling, became richly ornamented. As piercing of the back slats progressed, they began to resemble the sound holes of a violin, and this type of chair came to be known as a fiddle back (a term also applied, until the second half of the 18th century, to another type of shaped chair, the appearance of which was thought to resemble that of a violin).

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • ladder-back chair — [lad′ər bak΄] n. a chair with a back of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats …   English World dictionary

  • ladder-back chair — noun a chair with a ladder back • Syn: ↑ladder back • Hypernyms: ↑chair • Part Meronyms: ↑ladder back …   Useful english dictionary

  • ladder-back — n. a chair with a ladder back[2]. Syn: ladder back chair. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a chair backrest consisting of 2 uprights with several connecting slats. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ladder-back — noun 1. a chair with a ladder back • Syn: ↑ladder back chair • Hypernyms: ↑chair 2. the backrest of a chair that consists of two uprights with connecting slats • Hypernyms: ↑back, ↑backrest …   Useful english dictionary

  • ladder-back — ► NOUN ▪ an upright chair with a back resembling a ladder …   English terms dictionary

  • ladder-back — lad·der back (lădʹər băk ) n. 1. A chair back consisting of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats. 2. A chair with such a back.   ladʹder back adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • ladder-back — noun an upright chair with a back that resembles a ladder …   English new terms dictionary

  • ladder-back — lad′der back n. fur a chair back having a number of horizontal slats between uprights • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • ladder back — a chair back having a number of horizontal slats between uprights. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • ladder back — /ˈlædə bæk/ (say laduh bak) noun a chair back having a number of horizontal slats between uprights …   Australian English dictionary


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