supine

  • 1Supine — Su*pine , a. [L. supinus, akin to sub under, super above. Cf. {Sub }, {Super }.] 1. Lying on the back, or with the face upward; opposed to prone. [1913 Webster] 2. Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Supine — Su pine, n. [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.] (Lat. Gram.) A verbal noun;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3supine — (adj.) c.1500, from L. supinus turned or thrown backwards, inactive, indolent, related to sub under. The grammatical use for Latin verbal noun formed from the past participle stem is from L.L. supinum verbum supine verb, perhaps so called because …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4supine — [adj1] lying down decumbent, flat, flat on one’s back, horizontal, level, procumbent, prone, prostrate, reclining, recumbent, stretched out; concept 583 supine [adj2] inactive do nothing*, dormant, dull, idle, indolent, inert, lackadaisical, lax …

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  • 5supine — index inactive, indolent, insensible, languid, lifeless (dull), otiose, passive, phlegmatic …

    Law dictionary

  • 6supine — 1 *prone, prostrate, recumbent, couchant, dormant 2 *inactive, inert, passive, idle Analogous words: slothful, *lazy, indolent, faineant: *lethargic, sluggish, torpid: apathetic, *impassive …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7supine — see prone …

    Modern English usage

  • 8supine — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lying face upwards. 2) failing to act as a result of laziness or lack of courage; passive. DERIVATIVES supinely adverb supineness noun. ORIGIN Latin supinus bent backwards …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9supine — [so͞o pīn′; ] also, and for n. always [, so͞o′pīn΄] adj. [L supinus, prob. akin to sub : see SUB ] 1. lying on the back, face upward 2. with the palm upward or away from the body: said of the hand 3. Old Poet. leaning or sloping backward 4.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10Supine — In grammar a supine is a form of verbal noun used in some languages. In Latin In Latin there are two supines, I and II. They are originally the accusative and dative or ablative forms of verbal noun in the fourth declension, respectively. The… …

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  • 11supine — [[t]su͟ːpaɪn[/t]] 1) ADJ If you are supine, you are lying flat on your back. [FORMAL] ...bedridden persons confined to the supine position. ...a statue of a supine dog. ADV: ADV after v Supine is also an adverb. I lay supine on the poolside grass …

    English dictionary

  • 12supine — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. recumbent, reclining, prostrate; apathetic, sluggish, torpid; indifferent, passive. See inactivity, insensibility, horizontal.Ant., standing, upright, energetic. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Lying on… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13supine — su|pine [ˈsu:paın, ˈsju: US su:ˈpaın] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: supinus] 1.) lying on your back ≠ ↑prone ▪ in a supine position 2.) allowing other people to make decisions instead of you, in a way that seems very weak ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14supine — [15] Supine means literally ‘lying on one’s back’. It comes from Latin supīnus. This was derived from a prehistoric base *sup ‘up’ which also produced Latin super ‘above, over’ (and summus, source of English sum), so the word’s etymological… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15supine — adjective 1) she lay supine on the sand Syn: flat on one s back, face upward, facing upward, flat, horizontal, recumbent, stretched out Ant: prostrate 2) the supine media Syn …

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  • 16supine — [15] Supine means literally ‘lying on one’s back’. It comes from Latin supīnus. This was derived from a prehistoric base *sup ‘up’ which also produced Latin super ‘above, over’ (and summus, source of English sum), so the word’s etymological… …

    Word origins

  • 17supine — 1. adjective /ˈsjuːpaɪn,supiːn/ a) Lying on its back, reclined Nothing, therefore, can be more contrary than such a philosophy to the supine indolence of the mind. b) Sloping or inclined Syn: reclined, inclined, sloping, lethar …

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  • 18supine — See prostrate. See prostrate, prone, supine …

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  • 19supine — adj. Supine is used with these nouns: ↑position …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20supine — su|pine [ su,paın ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) lying on your back ─ opposite PRONE 2. ) too lazy or afraid to deal with a problem that needs your attention: the school s supine attitude to rising levels of drug abuse ╾ su|pine|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English