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recumbent

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

Definition of recumbent

1 a : 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

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 LittlewoodTimes Literary SupplementSeptember 1984
  2. A recumbent figure started up from the grass and came running toward them through the flickering screen of light and shade. —Willa CatherO Pioneers!1913
  3. The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a recumbent lion.

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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

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recumbent

noun

Definition of recumbent

: 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

First Known Use of recumbent

1968


Medical Dictionary

recumbent

adjective re·cum·bent \ -bənt \

medical Definition of recumbent

: lying down
  • a patient recumbent on a stretcher

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