Definitions for prostrate
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stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
"found himself lying flat on the floor"
lying face downward
prostrate, bow downverb
get into a prostrate position, as in submission
render helpless or defenseless
"They prostrated the enemy"
throw down flat, as on the ground
"She prostrated herself with frustration"
(Often reflexive) To lie flat or facedown; to throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively).
To cause to lie down, to flatten; (figuratively) to overcome or overpower.
Lying flat, facedown.
I told him you was prostrate with grief. Mammy to Scarlett, Gone With the Wind.
Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
He was prostrate from the extreme heat.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: prostratus, Lat.
Once I saw with dread oppressed
Her whom I dread; so that with prostrate lying,
Her length the earth in love’s chief cloathing dressed. Philip Sidney.
He heard the western lords would undermine
His city’s wall, and lay his tow’rs prostrate. Edward Fairfax.
Before fair Britomart she fell prostrate. Edmund Spenser.
Groveling and prostrate on yon lake of fire. John Milton.
Look gracious on thy prostrate thrall. William Shakespeare.
The warning sound was no sooner heard, but the churches were filled, the pavements covered with bodies prostrate, and washed with tears of devout joy. Richard Hooker.
Let us to the place
Repairing where he judg’d us, prostrate fall
Before him reverent; and there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg. John Milton.
While prostrate here in humble grief I lie,
Kind virtuous drops just gath’ring in my eye. Alexander Pope.
Etymology: prostratus, Lat.
In the streets many they slew, and fired divers places, prostrating two parishes almost entirely. John Hayward.
A storm that all things doth prostrate,
Finding a tree alone all comfortless,
Beats on it strongly, it to ruinate. Edmund Spenser.
Stake and bind up your weakest plants against the winds, before they come too fiercely, and in a moment prostrate a whole year’s labour. John Evelyn, Kalendar.
The drops falling thicker, faster, and with greater force, beating down the fruit from the trees, prostrating and laying corn growing in the fields. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.
Some have prostrated themselves an hundred times in the day, and as often in the night. Brian Duppa.
Prostrate means lying down on the ground in a prone position facing downward in an act of submission or reverence, either figuratively or literally. It can also refer to being physically or emotionally weakened to the point of being unable to function. In botany, prostrate refers to a plant or its parts growing flat against the ground.
lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep prostrate
lying at mercy, as a supplicant
lying in a humble, lowly, or suppliant posture
trailing on the ground; procumbent
to lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants
to overthrow; to demolish; to destroy; to deprive of efficiency; to ruin; as, to prostrate a village; to prostrate a government; to prostrate law or justice
to throw down, or cause to fall in humility or adoration; to cause to bow in humble reverence; used reflexively; as, he prostrated himself
to cause to sink totally; to deprive of strength; to reduce; as, a person prostrated by fever
Etymology: [L. prostratus, p. p. of prosternere to prostrate; pro before, forward + sternere to spread out, throw down. See Stratum.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pros′trāt, adj. thrown forwards on the ground: lying at length: lying at mercy: bent in adoration.—v.t. to throw forwards on the ground: to lay flat: to overthrow: to sink totally: to bow in humble reverence.—n. Prostrā′tion, act of throwing down or laying flat: act of falling down in adoration: dejection: complete loss of strength. [L. pro, forwards, sternĕre, stratum, to strew.]
The numerical value of prostrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of prostrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.
It is said that this idol provoked to jealousy, because the Jews by erecting this idol trod under foot their God, or at least endeavored to prostrate his glory.”
So the question becomes, 'Why is this young man prostrate on a Charlottesville sidewalk beaten like a dog?'.
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