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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lean back, reclineverb

    move the upper body backwards and down

  2. reclineverb

    cause to recline

    "She reclined her head on the pillow"

  3. recumb, repose, reclineverb

    lean in a comfortable resting position

    "He was reposing on the couch"


  1. reclineverb

    To cause to lean back; to bend back.

  2. reclineverb

    To put in a resting position.

    She reclined her arms on the table and sighed.

  3. reclineverb

    To lean back.

  4. reclineverb

    To put one's self in a resting position.

  5. Etymology: From Latin reclinare, "to bend back". Confer "decline", "incline".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reclineadjective

    In a leaning posture.

    Etymology: reclinis, Lat.

    They sat recline
    On the soft downy bank, damask’d with flow’rs. John Milton.

  2. To Reclineverb

    To lean back; to lean sidewise.

    Etymology: reclino, Lat. recliner, Fr.

    The mother
    Reclin’d her dying head upon his breast. Dryden.

    While thus she rested, on her arm reclin’d,
    The purling streams that through the meadow stray’d,
    In drowsy murmurs lull’d the gentle maid. Addison.

  3. To Reclineverb

    To rest; to repose; to lean.


  1. recline

    A recliner is an armchair or sofa that reclines when the occupant lowers the chair's back and raises its front. It has a backrest that can be tilted back, and often a footrest that may be extended by means of a lever on the side of the chair, or may extend automatically when the back is reclined. A recliner is also known as a reclining chair, lounger and an armchair.Modern recliners often feature an adjustable headrest, lumbar support and an independent footstool that adjusts with the weight and angle of the user's legs to maximize comfort. Additional features include heat, massage and vibration. Some models are wheelchair accessible. Recliners can also accommodate a near supine position for sleeping (making them a multifunctional furniture), and are common in airplanes and trains, as well as in homes.


  1. recline

    Recline refers to the action of leaning or lying back in a relaxed position with the back supported, or the action of making something lean or slope back. It could also refer to the position that something or someone is in after they have leaned back. It may also symbolize a state of comfort or leisure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reclineverb

    to cause or permit to lean, incline, rest, etc.; to place in a recumbent position; as, to recline the head on the hand

  2. Reclineverb

    to lean or incline; as, to recline against a wall

  3. Reclineverb

    to assume, or to be in, a recumbent position; as, to recline on a couch

  4. Reclineverb

    having a reclining posture; leaning; reclining

  5. Etymology: [L. reclinis. See Recline, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recline

    rē-klīn′, v.t. to lean or bend backwards: to lean to or on one side.—v.i. to lean: to rest or repose.—adjs. Recline′ (Milt.), leaning; Reclined′ (bot.), same as Reclinate.—n. Reclī′ner.—adj. Reclī′ning (bot.), bending away from the perpendicular: recumbent.—ns. Reclī′ning-board, a board on which persons recline to gain erectness to the figure; Reclī′ning-chair, an invalid's chair. [Fr.,—L. reclinārere-, back, clināre, to bend.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recline in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  • بر پشت دراز کشیدنPersian
  • nojautua, asettaa, panna, käydä pitkäkseen, nojalleenFinnish
  • tīpapaMāori
  • откинуть, откидываться, сидеть откинувшись, откидывать, уложить, полулежать, укладывать, откинутьсяRussian

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