recumbent \rih-KUM-bunt\ adjective
*1 a : suggestive of repose : leaning, resting b : lying down
2 : representing a person lying down
When Bert glanced at his father's recumbent form in the armchair, he immediately thought that he could use a good nap himself.
Did you know?
If you're ready to take your vocabulary lying down, you'll want to be familiar with the synonyms "recumbent," "prone," "supine," and "prostrate," all of which mean "lying down." "Recumbent," which derives from the Latin prefix "re-" and the verb "cumbere," meaning "to lie down," focuses on the posture or position native to sleeping or resting. "Prone" describes someone who is lying facedown, as, for example, in doing push-ups. "Supine" flips it over, suggesting the position of someone lying inert on the back, while "prostrate" implies a full-scale physical collapse or submission, regardless of the exact position of the defeated body. "Recumbent," dating from 1705, is the newest of the four words; the others all entered English before the 16th century.
Posted by mkreig at August 28, 2006 09:32 AM