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supine

[ adjective soo-pahyn; noun soo-pahyn ]

adjective

  1. lying on the back, face or front upward.
  2. inactive, passive, or inert, especially from indolence or indifference.
  3. (of the hand) having the palm upward.


noun

  1. (in Latin) a noun form derived from verbs, appearing only in the accusative and the dative-ablative, as dictū in mirābile dictū, “wonderful to say.”
  2. (in English) the simple infinitive of a verb preceded by to.
  3. an analogous form in some other language.

supine

adjective

  1. lying or resting on the back with the face, palm, etc, upwards
  2. displaying no interest or animation; lethargic


noun

  1. grammar a noun form derived from a verb in Latin, often used to express purpose with verbs of motion sup

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Derived Forms

  • suˈpinely, adverb
  • suˈpineness, noun

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Other Words From

  • su·pinely adverb
  • su·pineness noun
  • unsu·pine adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of supine1

First recorded in 1490–1500, supine is from the Latin word supīnus lying face up, inactive

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Word History and Origins

Origin of supine1

C15: from Latin supīnus related to sub under, up; (in grammatical sense) from Latin verbum supīnum supine word (the reason for this use is unknown)

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Example Sentences

Finally, 17 days after my symptoms first appeared, I dusted off a navy blue yoga mat, a pair of resistance bands, and lay down, supine and cautious.

As an assistant director shouted out instructions in Hindi and English, Kashyap had a word with his lead actress, who was lying supine on a bed in a blue hospital gown.

Metz tells the story of how this unlikely entrepreneur, traveling supine in buses and trains, engineered a bidding war for a company that had no product or employees and was finally sold to Google for $44 million.

In effect, an overreaching administration and a supine FISC are ginning up a secret constitution.

On closer examination, this is not the hand of a supine victim.

A fur seal stands upright on his fore flippers, a hair seal lies supine.

The supine position, as in the adult, is imposed only at night.

She sat back in her chair, gazing up the darkening river, her hands lying supine on her knees.

A burst of criticism followed from England; press and politicians joined in denouncing the blind and supine colonials.

Unfortunately, the supine ignorance of the fair sex in Sarrio made these ingenious modes of communication null and void.

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