recumbent

adjective
re·cum·bent | \ri-ˈkəm-bənt \

Definition of recumbent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : suggestive of repose : leaning, resting comfortably recumbent against a fallen tree

b : lying down Then Mr. Grey was shown in, and found the squire recumbent on a sofa, with a store of books within his reach …— Anthony Trollope

2 : representing a person lying down a recumbent statue

3 of a bicycle : having the seat positioned so that the rider's legs are extended horizontally forward to the pedals and the body is reclined a recumbent bicycle

recumbent

noun

Definition of recumbent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bicycle with a wide seat that has a back support and is positioned so that the rider's legs are extended horizontally forward to the pedals and the body is reclined The recumbent requires a bit more space, but its chairlike seat offers better back support.— Patrick Netter et al. There are more than a dozen categories of recumbents with one thing in common: the sit-down position.— Dan Koeppel

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for recumbent

Adjective

prone, supine, prostrate, recumbent mean lying down. prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface. push-ups require a prone position supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness. lying supine on the couch prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse. a runner fell prostrate at the finish line recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting. a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed

Examples of recumbent in a Sentence

Adjective

… the psychiatrist's popular image remains that of a little bearded figure with a Central European accent, scribbling away in a notebook behind his recumbent patient. — Roland Littlewood, Times Literary Supplement, September 1984 A recumbent figure started up from the grass and came running toward them through the flickering screen of light and shade. — Willa Cather, O Pioneers!, 1913 The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a recumbent lion.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kick back and pedal forward in a recumbent tricycle for tours that cover downtown San Antonio, Brackenridge Park and the city’s historic missions. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a walk or other vehicular tour of San Antonio," 4 June 2018 In one, a recumbent figure in a denim skirt in the grass proves, on second glance, to be a boy; a similar double take establishes the gender of a longhaired youth being embraced from behind by a lean-limbed fellow. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "What’s New in Photography? Humanism, MoMA Says," 9 Mar. 2018 The strap is commonly used to avoid sliding down when in the recumbent chair. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ryan Shazier remaining hospitalized for rehab signals he has a ways to go," 15 Dec. 2017 And specialized fitness—CrossFit, SoulCycle, Orangetheory and their countless cousins—is a far more effective workout than wandering into a gym, sitting down on a recumbent bicycle, and pedaling slowly while reading Facebook on your phone. Jason Gay, WSJ, "How Much Will You Pay For That Body?," 6 Aug. 2017 The machine looks like some Mad Max version of a recumbent bicycle, only with training wheels, a giant steel roll cage, and a 68-inch, three-bladed propeller strapped to the back end. Steven Kotler, Esquire, "We're So Close to Having the Flying Car. But Will We Ever Drive One?," 18 May 2015 Recumbent bicycles won every major category in the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association’s 24 Hours of Sebring event late last month. Bryan Ball, WIRED, "Recumbents Dominate in Mainstream Cycling Event," 6 Mar. 2007 There was not only something to read in every issue of the Review, there was often too much, forcing you to carve out a recumbent block of time to nestle into an issue. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Robert Silvers and the Lost Art of the New York Literary Knife Fight," 22 Mar. 2017 There was not only something to read in every issue of the Review, there was often too much, forcing you to carve out a recumbent block of time to nestle into an issue. James Wolcott, The Hive, "Robert Silvers and the Lost Art of the New York Literary Knife Fight," 22 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018 Another, from the Northeast, just bought a massive, brand-new pickup truck for the sole purpose of hauling his recumbent tricycle to nearby trails, being unstable on a two-wheeled bike these days. Lisa Pawlak, chicagotribune.com, "In a drab waiting room before yet another cancer treatment, a mother ponders the future," 10 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recumbent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of recumbent

Adjective

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recumbent

Adjective

Latin recumbent-, recumbens, present participle of recumbere to lie down, from re- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to Latin cubare to lie

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about recumbent

Listen to Our Podcast about recumbent

Statistics for recumbent

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for recumbent

The first known use of recumbent was in 1664

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for recumbent

recumbent

adjective
re·cum·bent | \-bənt \

Medical Definition of recumbent 

: lying down a patient recumbent on a stretcher

More from Merriam-Webster on recumbent

See words that rhyme with recumbent

Comments on recumbent

What made you want to look up recumbent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!