- lying on the back, face or front upward.
- inactive, passive, or inert, especially from indolence or indifference.
- (of the hand) having the palm upward.
- (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.”
- (in English) the simple infinitive of a verb preceded by to.
- an analogous form in some other language.
Origin of supine
Related Words for supinedecumbent, flat, horizontal, level, procumbent, prone, prostrate, recumbent, do-nothing, dormant, dull, idle, indolent, inert, lackadaisical, lax, lazy, lethargic, listless
Examples from the Web for supine
Contemporary Examples of supine
In effect, an overreaching administration and a supine FISC are ginning up a secret constitution.The Secret FISA Court Must Go
Jennifer Granick, Christopher Sprigman
July 24, 2013
On closer examination, this is not the hand of a supine victim.The Crime of Kufr Qaddoum: An EmergencyStandWithDavidMonitor Animal Rights Division Expose
March 29, 2012
Historical Examples of supine
For some time after she had been seized by Roderic, she had remained unconscious and supine.Imogen
Supine, routed we rest; and above all, above the universe, is the silence of the Shadow.Melomaniacs
He began to sink slowly back into the blankets, supine and inert.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
Erect or supine, these colossal statues were strewn all over the island.Greener Than You Think
One may be melancholy by the sea, but never morbid or supine.
- lying or resting on the back with the face, palm, etc, upwards
- displaying no interest or animation; lethargic
- grammar a noun form derived from a verb in Latin, often used to express purpose with verbs of motionAbbreviation: sup
Word Origin for supine
Word Origin and History for supine
c.1500, from Latin supinus "turned or thrown backwards, inactive, indolent," related to sub "under" (see sub-). The grammatical use for "Latin verbal noun formed from the past participle stem" is from Late Latin supinum verbum "supine verb," perhaps so called because, though furnished with a noun case ending, it "falls back" on the verb.
- Lying on the back; having the face upward.
- Having the palm of the hand or sole of the foot upward.