re·​cum·​bent | \ ri-ˈkəm-bənt How to pronounce recumbent (audio) \

Definition of recumbent

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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



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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Looking to get an upright or recumbent stationary bike? Karina Hoshikawa,, 30 Nov. 2020 With a recumbent driving position and just three wheels, Eco-Runner 8's torpedo-like body is probably the most aerodynamically efficient road vehicle ever, with a scarcely believable Cd of 0.045. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 8 May 2020 There are no studies that establish a correlation between the length of postcoital recumbent time and subsequent pregnancy rates — but there is a large study that examined pregnancy rates after insemination in a doctor’s office. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2020 The same is true for Dana Lieberman, owner of a recumbent bicycle shop in Los Angeles. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2020 Sam Rice has long had a treadmill, dumbbells, free weights and weight bench in his home near Bulverde Road and Loop 1604 but recently paid $3,300 for a SportsArt C545R recumbent bike. Richard A. Marini,, 14 Apr. 2020 There’s a reason people have traveled the route on recumbent cycles. National Geographic, 3 Feb. 2020 Her manner can give the impression of someone piloting a recumbent bike: energetic but not overeager. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2020 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, 4 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rudy Sanchez rode his recumbent tricycle down Main Street on Sunday, his first time attending Movin’ on Main. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2021 Schwinn has a lineup of indoor cycling, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, Airdyne bikes as well as high-quality, affordable cardio machines. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2021 Schwinn has a lineup of indoor cycling, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, Airdyne bikes as well as high-quality, affordable cardio machines. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2021 The Body Power Exercise Machine can serve as either an elliptical, upright bike or recumbent bike for a varied cardio workout. Mili Godio, NBC News, 19 Mar. 2021 It’s about the size of a clock radio, but more circular and recumbent in shape. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, 18 Mar. 2021 Still, mass distribution might play a role in designing better cycles outside the standard design realm, such as folding bikes or recumbent bikes. John Matson, Scientific American, 14 Apr. 2011 Cron, the 88 Shades RV Park resident, on a recent morning pedaled a recumbent bicycle while holding the leash of her miniature Australian shepherd, Miley. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 There are indoor cycling options, including recumbent and upright bikes, as well as outdoor options. Sian Babish,, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of recumbent


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recumbent


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

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“Recumbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recumbent

formal : lying down


re·​cum·​bent | \ -bənt How to pronounce recumbent (audio) \

Medical Definition of recumbent

: lying down a patient recumbent on a stretcher

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