recline VERB 1) lean or lie back in a relaxed position. 2) (of a seat) have a back able to move into a sloping position.
DERIVATIVES reclinable adjective recliner noun.
ORIGIN Latin reclinare, from clinare 'to bend' .

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  • Recline — Re*cline , v. i. 1. To lean or incline; as, to recline against a wall. [1913 Webster] 2. To assume, or to be in, a recumbent position; as, to recline on a couch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Recline — Re*cline , a. [L. reclinis. See {Recline}, v. t.] Having a reclining posture; leaning; reclining. [R.] [1913 Webster] They sat, recline On the soft downy bank, damasked with flowers. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Recline — Re*cline (r[ e]*kl[imac]n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reclined} (r[ e]*kl[imac]nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reclining}.] [L. reclinare; pref. re re + clinare to lean, incline. See {Incline}, {Lean} to incline.] To cause or permit to lean, incline, rest,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recline — index repose (rest), rest (be supported by) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • récliné — récliné, ée [ʀekline] adj. ÉTYM. 1798; p. p. de récliner. ❖ ♦ Bot. Dont l extrémité s incline vers le sol, en parlant d un organe végétal. || Préfoliation réclinée : disposition des jeunes feuilles d un bourgeon, dans laquelle la partie… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • récliné — récliné, ée (ré kli né, née) adj. Terme de botanique. Dont le sommet est moins élevé que la base ou penche vers la terre …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • recline — (v.) early 15c., from L. reclinare to bend back, to lean back, from re back, against (see RE (Cf. re )) + clinare to bend, from PIE *klei n , suffixed form of *klei to lean (see LEAN (Cf. lean) (v.)). Related: Recline …   Etymology dictionary

  • recline — [v] lie down be recumbent, cant, heel, lay down, lean, lie, list, loll, lounge, repose, rest, slant, slope, sprawl, stretch, stretch out, tilt, tip; concepts 154,201 Ant. sit up, straighten …   New thesaurus

  • recline — [ri klīn′] vt. reclined, reclining [ME reclynen < L reclinare < re , back + clinare, to lean: see INCLINE] to cause to lean or lie back or down; lay back vi. to lie or lean back or down; specif., to rest or repose lying down reclination… …   English World dictionary

  • recline — [[t]rɪkla͟ɪn[/t]] reclines, reclining, reclined 1) VERB If you recline on something, you sit or lie on it with the upper part of your body supported at an angle. [V prep] She proceeded to recline on a chaise longue... [V ing] Move to a reclining… …   English dictionary

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