Prone
Prone Prone, a. [L. pronus, akin to Gr. ?, ?, Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See {Pro-}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Bending forward; inclined; not erect. [1913 Webster]

Towards him they bend With awful reverence prone. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to {supine}. [1913 Webster]

Which, as the wind, Blew where it listed, laying all things prone. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. Headlong; running downward or headlong. ``Down thither prone in flight.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level. [1913 Webster]

Since the floods demand, For their descent, a prone and sinking land. --Blackmore. [1913 Webster]

5. Inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to. ``Prone to mischief.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Poets are nearly all prone to melancholy. --Landor. [1913 Webster]


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