• WordNet 3.6
    • n prostration the act of assuming a prostrate position
    • n prostration abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body
    • n prostration an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prostration (Med) A latent, not an exhausted, state of the vital energies; great oppression of natural strength and vigor.
    • Prostration The act of falling down, or of bowing in humility or adoration; primarily, the act of falling on the face, but usually applied to kneeling or bowing in reverence and worship. "A greater prostration of reason than of body."
    • Prostration The act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying fiat; as, the prostration of the body.
    • Prostration The condition of being prostrate; great depression; lowness; dejection; as, a postration of spirits. "A sudden prostration of strength."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prostration The act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying flat.
    • n prostration The act of falling down, or the act of bowing, in humility or adoration; primarily, the act of falling on the face, but the word is now used also for kneeling or bowing in reverence and worship.
    • n prostration Great depression; dejection: as, a prostration of spirits.
    • n prostration In medicine, a great loss of strength, which may involve both voluntary and involuntary functions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prostration act of throwing down or laying flat: act of falling down in adoration: dejection: complete loss of strength
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  • Lewis Carroll
    “There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.”
  • Wyndham Lewis
    “Prostration is our natural position. A worm-like movement from a spot of sunlight to a spot of shade, and back, is the type of movement that is natural to men.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prostratio,: cf. F. prostration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pro, forwards, sternĕre, stratum, to strew.


In literature:

They were exchanging expressions of relief when the big chief came up and prostrated himself at their feet.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
The girl shrank against the great animal, clinging to it and looking with horror at the prostrate man.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
The third was utterly prostrated by fear.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
Some of the columns offered inviting seats as they lay prostrate amongst primroses and periwinkles.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
He turned to his prostrate friend.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
You'll go with nervous prostration, and it'll wipe you out like a fly.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
One who has not seen a dying race cannot conceive of the prostration of spirit in which these people are perishing.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
At thy feet I prostrate myself.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce
There was no sound from the prostrate rancher.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
His great hand stole toward the throat of his prostrate foe and fastened upon it with the grip of an iron vise.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss

In poetry:

But she does not come; abandoned,
Vainly I endure and sigh
Prostrate, as the water lilies
On the blue lake ever lie.
"The Lake" by Mihai Eminescu
Around the trembling mountain's base
The prostrate people lay;
A day of wrath and not of grace;
A dim and dreadful day.
"Whitsunday" by John Keble
We'll sing that old familiar air,
Sweet as the bugle call;
"All hail the power of Jesus name,
Let Angels prostrate fall."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Where eagles mounting meet with rubs
That dash them from the sky:
And cedars, shrinking into shrubs,
In ruin prostrate lie:
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
Both high and low and great and small
Fell prostrate at her tootsies,
They all were noblemen, and all
Had balances at COUTTS'S.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Then ne'er, my spirit-love, divide,
"In life or death, thyself from me;
"But when again in sunny pride
"Thou walk'st thro' Eden, let me glide,
"A prostrate shadow, by thy side—
"Oh happier thus than without thee!"
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Buddhist pilgrims in prayful prostration along the railroad en route to a holy site.
Photo by Anne-Marie Welsh Bishop Donald Trautman is shown praying as Bishop-elect Persico lies prostrate on the altar during the litany of saints just prior to the ordination prayer.
Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger The 16 ordinandi lay prostrate on the alter floor as they are ordained to the priesthood for service in the Archdiocese of Newark.
Sobbing, wailing and prostrating on the pavement after Kim Jong Il's death.
McConnell prostrates himself during his ordination at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside Saturday.
"Had he ever asked a group of women to come to him and lay prostrate on the floor before him".
AS one who daily, before grinding, prostrates himself before the altar of the little brown bean, I naturally wondered if I was the best person to review "Memoir From Antproof Case".
The screening involves a simple blood test and a prostrate examination by the physician.
Two hundred years ago the United States was a weakling republic prostrate beneath a ruinous national debt.