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Definition of "recumbent" [re•cum•bent]

  • Lying down, especially in a position of comfort or rest; reclining. (adjective)
  • Resting; idle. (adjective)
  • Biology Resting on the surface from which it arises. Used of an organ or other structure. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recumbent" in a sentence
  • "Three major characters are shown in recumbent positions."
  • "I agree with hhazzahh, that a recumbent might be the solution to your problem in that it at least relieves your ailing knee of the strain of having to carry half your body weight ...and anyway, you'd like to think that recumbents are good for something."
  • "The uprights nearest this 'recumbent' block are the tallest in the circle, and the size of the rest decreases towards the north."