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recumbent Line breaks: re|cum¦bent
Pronunciation: /rɪˈkʌmb(ə)nt/

Definition of recumbent in English:


1(Especially of a person or effigy) lying down: recumbent statues
More example sentences
  • Where there was an effigy, a recumbent figure showing the deceased dead or sleeping was most common.
  • Neither the Greeks nor the Romans memorialized their dead in the form of full-scale recumbent effigies.
  • He laughed aloud in wonder, and smiled benevolently down at the recumbent figure in his lap.
lying down, lying flat, (flat) on one's back, on one's stomach/front, (flat) on one's face
1.1(Of a plant) growing close to the ground: recumbent shrubs


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A type of bicycle designed to be ridden lying almost flat on one’s back.
Example sentences
  • The couple, who are travelling on a tandem recumbent tricycle worth almost $10,000, are at the half-way mark of their journey which started at Queensland's Big Pineapple.
  • Models ranged from fold-up commuter bikes to electrically assisted bikes, from the family-sized four-seater ZEM bike to the Radius recumbent bike, where the cyclist lies back to pedal.
  • First, I spend more time at the YMCA pedalling a stationery recumbent bike and watching the television breakfast news.


Mid 17th century: from Latin recumbent- 'reclining', from the verb recumbere, from re- 'back' + a verb related to cubare 'to lie'.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈkʌmb(ə)nsi/
Example sentences
  • The main clinical signs were depression, inappetence, huddling together, ataxia and recumbency.
  • Spells are brief in duration with prompt recovery on recumbency.
  • The pain is exacerbated by inspiration or recumbency and relieved to some extent by leaning forward.



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