recumbent

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

Definition of recumbent

  1. 1a :  suggestive of repose :  leaning, restingb :  lying down

  2. 2 :  representing a person lying down a recumbent statue

Examples of recumbent in a Sentence

  1. … 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

  2. 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

  3. The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a recumbent lion.

Recent Examples of recumbent from the Web

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.

Origin and Etymology of recumbent

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

Synonym Discussion of recumbent

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

RECUMBENT Defined for English Language Learners

recumbent

play
adjective

Definition of recumbent for English Language Learners

  • : lying down


Medical Dictionary

recumbent

play
adjective re·cum·bent \-bənt\

Medical Definition of recumbent

  1. :  lying down a patient recumbent on a stretcher

Learn More about recumbent


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to become worse as time passes

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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!