The incidents have sparked wide debate about whether passengers should opt to recline at all.
But of course someone always will recline her seat, like the people in the first row, or the woman in front of me, whom I hate.
In the older age of the republic it was not considered decent for women to recline on couches at table as men did.
They lifted her into the carriage, and made what arrangements they best could to allow her to recline.
Waiting long without employment, the group of maidens would stand, and sit, and recline by turns.
To move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner.
But there are streams of water of which they drink, and wide-spreading trees under which they recline.
The kettle chooses to sit still on the hob; the eagle to recline on the air.
They were to shut the door of the cell, recline the beard and chin on the breast, and contemplate the abdominal centre.
It was covered with a carpet, and furnished with a pillow to recline on.
early 15c., from Old French recliner "rest, lay; bend, lean over" (13c.) and directly from Latin reclinare "to bend back, to lean back; cause to lean," from re- "back, against" (see re-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Related: Reclined; reclining.
Recline is always as strong as lean, and generally stronger, indicating a more completely recumbent position, and approaching lie. [Century Dictionary]