Recumbent Re*cum"bent (-bet), a. [L. recumbens, -entis, p. pr. of recumbere. See {Recumb}, {Incumbent}.] Leaning; reclining; lying; as, the recumbent posture of the Romans at their meals. Hence, figuratively; Resting; inactive; idle. -- {Re*cum"bent*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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