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:
“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)
“It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.”
—G.C. (Georg Christoph)
“Show some mercy to this chair which has stretched out its arms to you for so long; please satisfy its desire to embrace you!”
—Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (16221673)