What does prostration mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collapse, prostration(noun)

    an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

    "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"

  2. prostration(noun)

    abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body

  3. prostration(noun)

    the act of assuming a prostrate position


  1. prostration(Noun)

    The act or condition of prostrating (lying flat) oneself, as a sign of humility.

  2. prostration(Noun)

    A part of the ordination of Catholic and Orthodox priests.

    The ordination ceremony includes a variety of rituals, rich in meaning and history, e.g., the prostration, laying on of hands, anointing of hands, giving of the chalice and paten, and sign of peace. u2014 Diocese of Rochester, NY

  3. prostration(Noun)

    Being laid face down (prone).

  4. prostration(Noun)

    The condition of being prostrated, as from heat.

  5. prostration(Noun)

    A reverential bow performed in Middle Eastern cultures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prostration(noun)

    the act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying fiat; as, the prostration of the body

  2. Prostration(noun)

    the act of falling down, or of bowing in humility or adoration; primarily, the act of falling on the face, but usually applied to kneeling or bowing in reverence and worship

  3. Prostration(noun)

    the condition of being prostrate; great depression; lowness; dejection; as, a postration of spirits

  4. Prostration(noun)

    a latent, not an exhausted, state of the vital energies; great oppression of natural strength and vigor

  5. Origin: [L. prostratio: cf. F. prostration.]


  1. Prostration

    A prostration is a gesture used in Buddhist practice to show reverence to the Triple Gem and other objects of veneration. Among Buddhists prostration is believed to be beneficial for practitioners for several reasons, including: ⁕an experience of giving or veneration ⁕an act to purify defilements, especially conceit ⁕a preparatory act for meditation ⁕an act that accumulates merit In contemporary Western Buddhism, some teachers use prostrations as a practice unto itself, while other teachers relegate prostrations to customary liturgical ritual, ancillary to meditation. Prostrations may also be subsumed within sadhana repetitions of various vinyasa forms of yogic discipline, such as Trul Khor, e.g. Importantly, vinyasa forms were directly influenced from Buddhist 'impermanence' as was the language of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras informed by Buddhist discourse.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prostration in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prostration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lewis Carroll:

    There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

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