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Definitions for supine
suˈpaɪn; ˈsu paɪnsupine
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word supine.
lying face upward
resistless, supine, unresistingadjective
offering no resistance
"resistless hostages"; "No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried"- Theodore Roosevelt
A type of verbal noun.
Lying on its back, reclined
Sloping or inclined
Lethargic; blameworthy indifferent
Etymology: From supin, from supinum, supinus. Grammatical meaning is from the phrase supinum verbum.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: supinus, Latin.
Upon these divers positions in man, wherein the spine can only be at right lines with the thigh, arise those remarkable postures, prone, supine, and erect. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.
At him he lanc’d his spear, and pierc’d his breast;
On the hard earth the Lycian knock’d his head,
And lay supine; and forth the spirit fled. Dryden.
What advantage hath a man by this erection above other animals, the faces of most of them being more supine than ours. John Ray, on the Creation.
If the vine,
On rising ground be plac’d or hills supine,
Extend thy loose battalions. Dryden.
These men suffer by their absence, silence, negligence, or supine credulity. Charles I .
Supine amidst our flowing store
We slept securely. Dryden.
Supine in Sylvia’s snowy arms he lies,
And all the busy cares of life defies. Tatler.
He became pusillanimous and supine, and openly exposed to any temptation. John Woodward.
In Grammar a term signifying a particular kind of verbal noun.
Etymology: supin, French; supinum, Latin.
lying on the back, or with the face upward; -- opposed to prone
leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined
negligent; heedless; indolent; listless
a verbal noun; or (according to C.F.Becker), a case of the infinitive mood ending in -um and -u, that in -um being sometimes called the former supine, and that in -u the latter supine
Etymology: [L. supinum (sc. verbum), from supinus bent or thrown backward, perhaps so called because, although furnished with substantive case endings, it rests or falls back, as it were, on the verb: cf. F. supin.]
In grammar a supine is a form of verbal noun used in some languages.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sū-pīn′, adj. lying on the back: leaning backward, inclined, sloping: negligent: indolent.—v.t. Sū′pināte, to bring the palm upward.—ns. Sūpinā′tion, the state of being supine: the act of lying or being laid with the face upward: the act of turning the palm of the hand upward: the hand so turned; Sūpinā′tor, that which produces supination: a muscle that turns the palm upward; Sū′pine, one of two parts of the Latin verb, really verbal nouns, ending in tum and tu, called the first and second supine respectively.—adv. Sūpine′ly.—n. Sūpine′ness. [L. supinus—sub, under.]
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The numerical value of supine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of supine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of supine in a Sentence
There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.
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- in RückenlageGerman
- letargia, senmova, surdorse kuŝanta, klinaEsperanto
- veltto, selällään, saamaton, kallellaan, supiini, passiivinen, makaava, veteläFinnish
- supin, supinalFrench
- liggja upp í loft, útafliggjandi, á bakinuIcelandic
- lethargisch, geneigd, supinum, onverschillig, passiefDutch
- inclinado, passivo, letárgico, supinoPortuguese
- pasiv, letargicRomanian
- супин, лежащий на спинеRussian
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