verb (used without object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.
verb (used with object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.
Origin of recline
British Dictionary definitions for reclination
Word Origin for recline
Word Origin and History for reclination
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]