What does recline mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term recline:

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.]

Matched Categories


  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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