Definition of recumbent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌmbənt//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌmbənt//
[usually before noun] (formal) Position and movement
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(of a person’s body or position) lying down synonym recline her recumbent body in a recumbent posture See related entries: Position and movement Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin recumbent- ‘reclining’, from the verb recumbere, from re- ‘back’ + a verb related to cubare ‘to lie’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recumbent