• WordNet 3.6
    • v supinate turn (the hand or forearm) so that the back is downward or backward, or turn out (the leg)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • supinate In anatomy and physiology, to bring (the hand) palm upward. In this position the radius and ulna are parallel. See pronate.
    • supinate To lie with the palm upward, as the hand; turn so that the palm is upward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Supinate to bring the palm upward
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. supinussub, under.


In literature:

Erect or supine, these colossal statues were strewn all over the island.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Political supineness is the bane of our society.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
I was also moved to pity myself, lying supine under his speechless contempt.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 29, 1914" by Various
Tuberculosis takes only the quitters and the supine.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Popery is ever at work, whilst Protestantism is supine.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
To sleepless, riotous nights, followed listless, supine mornings.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
It was mother and daughter who held the three lads supine.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
Too much confidence and supineness may be pernicious in the extreme.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Apparently the supine, terror-stricken Chinese Government cannot act, doesn't dare.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
Evidently they had discovered the two figures on the beach, and wondered at their supineness.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The destroyer lay supine outside the bar, watching.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
On the sixth of August, we took a very fertile queen, and holding her gently by the wings in a supine position, the whole belly was exposed.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
June, watching him with eyes held in a fascination of terror, felt that at any moment he might begin pumping shots into the supine body.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
A supine temper finds shock, excitement, and a meaning in the vertical.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
One may be melancholy by the sea, but never morbid or supine.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
It was not in the man to yield supinely to this new danger.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Raging against her own supineness, she was yet forced into ignoble inactivity.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
I don't want to be supine.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
It would clearly not do to speak of a "supine" rifle-shot.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
With these, my opposition was considered extremely supine.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot

In poetry:

There, looking on him spent, supine,
How oft have I been filled with awe,
To see his gold on emerald shine,
And crimson fingered evening draw
The starry curtains of the night.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Let not the skies, like brass in fusion, glow,
Nor th' earth, with heat, as hard as iron grow,
Let not our pastures and our meads of hay,
For our supine neglect of Thee, decay!
"The Farmer's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Dead as to captives grown supine,
Chained to their task in sightless mine:
Above, the bland day smiles benign,
Birds carol free,
In thunderous throes of life divine
Leaps the glad sea;
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
When, on the violet's purple bed,
Supine I rest my weary head,
The fragrant pillow charms:
Yet soon such languid bliss I'd fly,
Would Silvia but the loss supply,
And take me to her arms.
"Comparison" by William Shenstone
Beneath a verdant laurel's ample shade
His lyre to mournful numbers strung,
Horace, immortal bard supinely laid, To Venus thus address'd the song;
Ten thousand little loves around,
Listening dwelt on every sound.
"Cantata. Set" by Matthew Prior
No butler's proxies snore supine,
Where the old monarch kept his wine;
No Welch ox roasting, horns and all,
Adorns his throng'd and laughing hall;
But where he pray'd, and told his beads,
A thriving ash luxuriant spreads.
"The Banks Of Wye - Book I" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

Tony Supine & Mike Walters, Camfil Farr APC.
The ratio of overpronation to excessive supination is about 9:1, according to research.1 Cases of excessive supination do, however, present regularly at chiropractic practices.
The DIEP flap can be harvested concurrent with oncologic resection, with the patient in the supine position.
A 56-year old man presented to the ED after 4 days of hemoptysis and intermittent left chest pain that worsened when he was supine.
Pain at the level of the lacertus fibrosus is surmised by resisting pronation of a patient's arm which is fully supinated and flexed at the elbow.
I know you're hoping that one night he'll take a big slurp off his brewski, pull that lever into its most supine setting, and put those reclining sofas (ugh.
HAMSTRING CURL START Lie supine with the feet on the ball .
Various compensatory strategies were attempted to relieve the aspiration, but only assumption of the supine position was successful.
Supine, pelvis and spine neutral.

In science:

In the supine position, a midline ventral incision was made in the neck.
Time course of oxidative damage in different brain regions following transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils