verb (used without object), re·clined, re·clin·ing. to lean or lie back; rest in a recumbent position. verb (used with object), re·clined, re·clin·ing. to cause to lean back on something; place in a recumbent position. Origin of recline 1375–1425; late Middle English reclinen
lean 1 Related forms re·clin·a·ble, adjective rec·li·na·tion , [rek-l uh- ney-sh uh n] /ˌrɛk ləˈneɪ ʃən/ noun half-re·clined, adjective half-re·clin·ing, adjective un·re·clined, adjective un·re·clin·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reclination verb to rest or cause to rest in a leaning position Derived Forms reclinable, adjective reclination ( ˌrɛklɪˈneɪʃən), noun Word Origin for recline
C15: from Old French
recliner, from Latin reclīnāre to lean back, from re- + clīnāre to lean 1
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Word Origin and History for reclination v.
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]
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reclination [rĕk′lə-nā ′shən] n. Surgical turning of a cataractous lens into the vitreous chamber to remove it from the line of vision.
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