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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj recumbent lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Recumbent Leaning; reclining; lying; as, the recumbent posture of the Romans at their meals. Hence, figuratively; Resting; inactive; idle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recumbent Leaning; reclining.
    • recumbent Reposing; inactive; idle; listless.
    • recumbent In zoology and botany, noting a part that leans or reposes upon any thing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Recumbent rē-kum′bent lying back: reclining: idle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. recumbens, -entis, p. pr. of recumbere,. See Recumb Incumbent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. recumbĕrere-, back, cubāre, to lie down.


In literature:

Jackson, riding by a recumbent group, spoke from the saddle.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
He stumbled over the recumbent Merrihew.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
He raised the recumbent figure to a couch, and then looked at the wound.
"An Old Meerschaum" by David Christie Murray
Rollo felt so much better for the broth that he had taken, that pretty soon he rose from his recumbent position, and began to sit up.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
On the tomb is a slab on which are two recumbent figures, carved in white alabaster.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
With a lingering glance of fear and pity at the recumbent figure, Paul sped towards the red lamp as fast as he could lift a leg.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Recumbent: lying down; reclining.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The recumbent figure is itself about 6 ft. in length.
"Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey" by Thomas Perkins
Looking therein, he sees a gentle, matronly woman seated by a bedside, slowly fanning some recumbent invalid.
"A War-Time Wooing" by Charles King
The lovely fair face of the recumbent one was raised as I entered.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
One of these represents a recumbent patient, and a physician seated by the bedside.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
The standing position is not often maintained, the patient seeking relief in recumbency.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Water-colour drawing of gate with the recumbent figures by Cibber.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
Then he saw his wife recumbent on the sofa.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
A loud scream from Dona Isabel, as she started from her recumbent position, was heard.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
As he neared the recumbent figure Dick leaned over, holding on as tightly as he could with his legs.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
Lone in these splendid fittings for sepulture lay recumbent a make of earth meet to accomplish its void destiny.
"The Unknown Sea" by Clemence Housman
He could not constrain his muscles to rise from the recumbent position against the carcass.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
This tomb is ornamented with a full-length recumbent statue of the youthful prince, and is a fine work of art.
"The Story of Malta" by Maturin M. Ballou
With his sword the Viramushti man then made cuts in his scalp and chest, and sprinkled the recumbent man with the blood.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston

In poetry:

Beyond the pasture's withered bents,
Upstanding hop, recumbent fleece,
And sheaves of wheat, like weathered tents,
A twilight bivouac of peace.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Beyond the pasture's withered bents,
Upstanding hop, recumbent fleece,
And sheaves of wheat, like weathered tents,
A twilight bivouac of peace.
""Beyond the pasture's withered bents "" by Alfred Austin
Here, even in the noontide glare,
The Gods, recumbent, take their ease;
Go look, and you will find them there,
Slumbering behind some fallen frieze.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
To the EVENING GALE. I love thee, wanton Wind ! I love thy wing
To gently winnow my recumbent form,
As on the moss-grown steep my length I fling,
And listen to the billows mutt'ring storm.
"Sonnet I" by Laura Sophia Temple
Wealth's wasteful tricks I will not learn,
Nor ape the glittering upstart fool;—
Shall not carved tables serve my turn,
But all must be of buhl?
Give grasping pomp its double share,—
I ask but one recumbent chair.
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
See yon Slave from Sus, recumbent, with his ebon arms outspread
On the marigolds he crushes to a sheet of golden flowers,
How the mystery of dreaming lends a halo to his head,
And exalts him to a level never reached in waking hours.
"Sleep" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Evan Bauer rides a recumbent bicycle that's steered by the rider's knees.
Fixed gear, single speed, cruiser, recumbent, in-tandem—regardless of the model, bicycling as transportation, recreation, politics, and culture contributes to urban form, contemporary life, and place-making.
Recumbent for the Incumbent.
Walking home from a trip to Otsiningo Park I spotted this apparition coming out from Truesdale St On a closer look, it is a three-wheeled streamlined recumbent bike, very cool.
I did not appreciate the recumbent figure, complete with exposed armpit.
Water is freezing in the fallen leaves as snow covers the recumbent trike bridge.
Or it might be actually that a small recumbent maker makes a video that is of interest.
Big Gamble's Rummage Sale 1220 E Harmon Ave, Suite C open 10-6 Thursday thru Saturday, Treadmill, Folding Bike Carrier, Recumbent Exercise Bike, clothing, Books.
I t's not just the intimacy of the narrow space, the staccato of recumbent bottles, or the undercounter light that falls indiscreetly on your thigh that gives tiny Bar Tonno its sexy air.
Recumbent for the Incumbent .
There's nothing laid-back about this two-wheel recumbent.