- lying down; reclining; leaning.
- inactive; idle.
- Zoology, Botany. noting a part that leans or reposes upon its surface of origin.
- a recumbent person, animal, plant, etc.
Origin of recumbent
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Examples from the Web for recumbent
As he approached the recumbent figure he yelled a panted "Hi, there!"The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Truss him up, Kenneth," he commanded, pointing to the recumbent figure.The Tavern Knight
The repulsive task of searching the recumbent figure now lay before him.The Vagrant Duke
My eyes, accustomed to obscurity, traced an indistinct and recumbent form.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The recumbent figure in bed seemed to have actually succumbed to sleep.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
- lying down; reclining
- (of a part or organ) leaning or resting against another organ or the grounda recumbent stem
- (of a fold in a rock formation) in which the axial plane is nearly horizontal
Word Origin and History for recumbent
1705, from Latin recumbentem (nominative recumbens), present participle of recumbere "recline, lie down, lie down again;" of things, "to fall, sink down, settle down," from re- "back" (see re-) + -cumbere "to lie down" (see succumb). Related: Recumbency (1640s). A verb, recumb, has been attempted in English occasionally since 1670s.
- Lying down, especially in a position of comfort; reclining.