A chair is a raised surface used to sit on, commonly for use by one person. Chairs are most often supported by four legs and have a back; however, a chair can have three legs or could have a different shape.
A chair without a back or arm rests is a stool, or when raised up, a bar stool. A chair with arms is an armchair and with folding action and inclining footrest, a recliner. A permanently fixed chair in a train or theater is a seat or, in an airplane, airline seat; when riding, it is a saddle and bicycle saddle, and for an automobile, a car seat or infant car seat. With wheels it is a wheelchair and when hung from above, a swing.
A chair for more than one person is a couch, sofa, settee, or "loveseat"; or a bench. A separate footrest for a chair is known as an ottoman, hassock or pouffe.
Famous quotes containing the word chair:
“I had a chair at every hearth,
When no one turned to see,
With Look at that old fellow there,
And who may he be?”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“This stable is a Princes court.
This crib His chair of state;
The beasts are parcel of His pomp,
The wooden dish His plate.”
—Robert Southwell (1561?1595)