[ adjective soo-pahyn; noun soo-pahyn ]
/ adjective suˈpaɪn; noun ˈsu paɪn /
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.
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Origin of supine
First recorded in 1490–1500, supine is from the Latin word supīnus lying face up, inactive
OTHER WORDS FROM supinesu·pine·ly, adverbsu·pine·ness, nounun·su·pine, adjective
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How to use supine in a sentence
But when he reached the Exchange doors he drifted in as silently and supinely as any drift-log would float into the new crevasse.
Hooker, still sitting supinely on the Morris chair, permitted them to readjust his collar and tie.
When he released her she wavered and half fell on a chair across the low back of which her arm hung supinely.
The season was sickly, and the officers and men lay supinely in their encampments.
British Dictionary definitions for supine
adjective (suːˈpaɪn, sjuː-, ˈsuːpaɪn, ˈsjuː-)
lying or resting on the back with the face, palm, etc, upwards
displaying no interest or animation; lethargic
noun (ˈsuːpaɪn, ˈsjuː-)
grammar a noun form derived from a verb in Latin, often used to express purpose with verbs of motionAbbreviation: sup
Derived forms of supinesupinely, adverbsupineness, noun
Word Origin for supine
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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Medical definitions for supine
Lying on the back; having the face upward.
Having the palm of the hand or sole of the foot upward.
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