prostrating myself on the examining table, I tried not to flinch as she zapped my scores of clogged pores.
prostrating himself before the pacha, he then rose, and folding his arms over his breast, awaited his commands in silence.
prostrating himself he announced his purpose to make the attempt.
prostrating herself before the altar, she remained long in prayer.
prostrating themselves before Juanna and Otter they remained plunged in silence.
prostrating himself on the ground, he asked the spirits name.
prostrating himself but once, and with scanty ceremony, he stood erect to deliver his tidings in frank bluff tones.
prostrating myself at his feet, I implored his pardon, and offered my turban-cloth to staunch the heavy spurts of blood.
mid-14c., "lying face-down" (in submission, worship, etc.), from Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere "strew in front, throw down," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + sternere "to spread out," from PIE root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)). Figurative use from 1590s. General sense of "laid out, knocked flat" is from 1670s.
early 15c., prostraten, "prostrate oneself," from prostrate (adj.). Related: Prostrated; prostrating.