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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Definitions for recumbent

  1. Reclining; lying down.
  2. Resting; inactive; idle.

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Citations for recumbent
While the lovers' intricately carved tombs -- with their host of angels surrounding the recumbent figures of the deceased -- draw crowds, the soaring space of the Gothic cathedral and the peaceful abbey cloisters seem to swallow and silence the busloads of visitors. Jill Knight Weinberger, New York Times
Winser was still recumbent but in his frenzy he was trying to writhe his way back onto his knees, kicking and twisting like a felled animal, struggling to wedge his heels under him, half rising, only to topple back again onto his side. John le Carré, Single & Single
Origin of recumbent
1765-1775
Recumbent comes from the present participle of Latin recumbere, "lie back, to recline," from re-, "back" + -cumbere "to lie."