supine

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Supine \Su*pine"\ (s[-u]*p[imac]n"), adjective [L. supinus, akin to sub under, super above. Cf. {Sub-}, {Super-}.]

1. Lying on the back, or with the face upward; -- opposed to {prone}.

2. Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined.

If the vine On rising ground be placed, or hills supine. --Dryden.

3. Negligent; heedless; indolent; listless.

He became pusillanimous and supine, and openly exposed to any temptation. --Woodward.

Syn: Negligent; heedless; indolent; thoughtless; inattentive; listless; careless; drowsy. -- {Su*pine"ly}, adverb -- {Su*pine"ness}, n.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Supine \Su"pine\ (s[=u]"p[imac]n), noun [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; or (according to C.F.Becker), a case of the infinitive mood ending in -um and -u, that in -um being sometimes called the former supine, and that in -u the latter supine.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

supine

adjective

1: lying face upward [syn: {supine}, {resupine}]

2: offering no resistance; "resistless hostages"; "No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried"- Theodore Roosevelt [syn: {resistless}, {supine}, {unresisting}]


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