[ ri-klahyn ]
/ rɪˈklaɪn /

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 < Latin reclīnāre, equivalent to re- re- + clīnāre to lean1

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British Dictionary definitions for reclination


/ (rɪˈklaɪn) /


to rest or cause to rest in a leaning position

Derived Forms

reclinable, adjectivereclination (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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Medicine definitions for reclination


[ rĕk′lə-nāshən ]


Surgical turning of a cataractous lens into the vitreous chamber to remove it from the line of vision.
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