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A city of eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River opposite Moline and Rock Island, Illinois. It grew rapidly after the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi was completed in 1856.

dav·en·port 1

A compact desk having many small drawers, pigeonholes, and a hinged lid that can be folded over to cover the desktop.

[Perhaps from the name of a manufacturer or the person who originally commissioned the design .]

dav·en·port 2

A large sofa, sometimes one that is convertible into a bed.

[After the A.H. Davenport Company, a furniture manufacturer in Boston in the 1800s.]
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1. (Furniture) chiefly Brit a tall narrow desk with a slanted writing surface and drawers at the side
2. (Furniture) US and Canadian a large sofa, esp one convertible into a bed
[C19: sense 1 said to be named after Captain Davenport, who commissioned the first ones]
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(ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt)

1. a large sofa, often one convertible into a bed.
2. Chiefly Brit. a small writing desk.
[1850–55; (definition 2) allegedly after a Captain Davenport, who first commissioned it]


(ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt)

a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River. 97,140.
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A small writing desk with side drawers and sloping top.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Davenport - a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island
Hawkeye State, IA, Iowa - a state in midwestern United States
2.davenport - a small decorative writing desk
desk - a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
3.davenport - a large sofa usually convertible into a bed
chesterfield - an overstuffed davenport with upright armrests
sofa bed, convertible - a sofa that can be converted into a bed
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[ˈdævnpɔːt] N (US) → sofá m cama (Brit) (= desk) → escritorio m pequeño
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(esp US: = sofa) → Sofa nt, → Couch f
(Brit: = desk) → Sekretär m
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'my name is Davenport, and this is my first mate, Mr.
"Mangareva it is, then," said Captain Davenport, interrupting the mate's growling objection.
When Captain Davenport had explained the situation and announced his intention of running for Mangareva, an uproar broke out.
Captain Davenport glanced questioningly at his first mate, and that person merely shrugged his shoulders in token of his helplessness.
During the night it crossed the Mississippi at Davenport, and by Rock Island entered Illinois.
Davenport, a very celebrated minister, went, with other people, and began a plantation at New Haven.
Adam spoke to his own man, Davenport, who was standing by, having arrived with the bailiff of Lesser Hill, who had followed Mr.
"Your great-great-great-great-grandmother had these cups, when she was married," said Hepzibah to Phoebe."She was a Davenport, of a good family.
"What's the matter with the davenport he's always slept on?
He was also practising the trick of a release from ropes, like the Davenport Brothers, and he was just about to free himself when we all burst into the room.
"How in the world did you get the Davenports and the Greys, my dear?" said Mrs.
"You never told us that before!" "The Davenports have been away some years, and I forgot all about them.