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Meaning of RECLINE

Pronunciation:  ri'klIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  lie in a comfortable resting position; "He was reposing on the couch"
  2. [v]  move the upper body backwards and down

RECLINE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: lean back, repose
 See Also: angle, fall back, lean, lie, slant, tilt, tip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*cline"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reclined}; 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, etc., to place in
    a recumbent position; as, to recline the head on the hand.
          The mother Reclined her dying head upon his breast.
  2. \Re*cline"\, v. i.
    1. To lean or incline; as, to recline against a wall.
    2. To assume, or to be in, a recumbent position; as, to
       recline on a couch.
  3. \Re*cline"\, a. [L. reclinis. See {Recline}, v. t.]
    Having a reclining posture; leaning; reclining. [R.]
          They sat, recline On the soft downy bank, damasked with
          flowers.                                 --Milton.