What does recline mean?

Definitions for recline

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lean back, recline(verb)

    move the upper body backwards and down

  2. recline(verb)

    cause to recline

    "She reclined her head on the pillow"

  3. recumb, repose, recline(verb)

    lean in a comfortable resting position

    "He was reposing on the couch"


  1. recline(Verb)

    To cause to lean back; to bend back.

  2. recline(Verb)

    To put in a resting position.

    She reclined her arms on the table and sighed.

  3. recline(Verb)

    To lean back.

  4. recline(Verb)

    To put one's self in a resting position.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recline(verb)

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

  2. Recline(verb)

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

  3. Recline(verb)

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

  4. Recline(verb)

    having a reclining posture; leaning; reclining

  5. Origin: [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

Examples of recline in a Sentence

  1. Don Marquis:

    Between the years of ninety-two and a hundred and two, however, we shall be the ribald, useless, drunken, outcast person we have always wished to be. We shall have a long white beard and long white hair; we shall not walk at all, but recline in a wheel chair and bellow for alcoholic beverages; in the winter we shall sit before the fire with our feet in a bucket of hot water, a decanter of corn whiskey near at hand, and write ribald songs against organized society; strapped to one arm of our chair will be a forty-five calibre revolver, and we shall shoot out the lights when we want to go to sleep, instead of turning them off; when we want air we shall throw a silver candlestick through the front window and be damned to it; we shall address public meetings in a vein of jocund malice. We shall but we dont wish to make any one envious of the good time that is coming to us We look forward to a disreputable, vigorous, unhonoured, and disorderly old age.

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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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