recumbent

recumbent

[ri-kuhm-buhnt]
adjective
1.
lying down; reclining; leaning.
2.
inactive; idle.
3.
Zoology, Botany. noting a part that leans or reposes upon its surface of origin.
noun
4.
a recumbent person, animal, plant, etc.

Origin:
1765–75; < Latin recumbent- (stem of recumbēns), present participle of recumbere to lie back, equivalent to re- re- + cumb-, akin to cubāre to lie down + -ent- -ent

recumbency, recumbence, noun
recumbently, adverb
unrecumbent, adjective
unrecumbently, adverb


1. prone, supine; prostrate; inclined.
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recumbent (rɪˈkʌmbənt)
 
adj
1.  lying down; reclining
2.  (of a part or organ) leaning or resting against another organ or the ground: a recumbent stem
3.  (of a fold in a rock formation) in which the axial plane is nearly horizontal
 
[C17: from Latin recumbere to lie back, from re- + cumbere to lie]
 
re'cumbence
 
n
 
re'cumbency
 
n
 
re'cumbently
 
adv

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recumbent
1642 (implied in recumbency), from L. recumbentem (nom. recumbens), prp. of recumbere "to recline," from re- "back" + -cumbere "to lie down," related to cubare "be lying" (see cubicle). A verb, recumb, has been attempted in Eng. occasionally since 1677.
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recumbent re·cum·bent (rĭ-kŭm'bənt)
adj.
Lying down, especially in a position of comfort; reclining.


re·cum'bence or re·cum'ben·cy n.
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