• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prostrate stretched out and lying at full length along the ground "found himself lying flat on the floor"
    • adj prostrate lying face downward
    • v prostrate render helpless or defenseless "They prostrated the enemy"
    • v prostrate throw down flat, as on the ground "She prostrated herself with frustration"
    • v prostrate get into a prostrate position, as in submission
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prostrate Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep prostrate . "Groveling and prostrate on yon lake of fire."
    • Prostrate Lying at mercy, as a supplicant.
    • Prostrate Lying in a humble, lowly, or suppliant posture. "Prostrate fall
      Before him reverent, and there confess
      Humbly our faults."
    • Prostrate To cause to sink totally; to deprive of strength; to reduce; as, a person prostrated by fever.
    • Prostrate To lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants.
    • Prostrate to overthrow; to demolish; to destroy; to deprive of efficiency; to ruin; as, to prostrate a village; to prostrate a government; to prostrate law or justice.
    • Prostrate To throw down, or cause to fall in humility or adoration; to cause to bow in humble reverence; used reflexively; as, he prostrated himself.
    • Prostrate (Bot) Trailing on the ground; procumbent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prostrate To lay flat; throw down: as, to prostrate the body.
    • prostrate To throw down; overthrow; demolish; ruin: as, to prostrate a government; to prostrate the honor of a nation.
    • prostrate To throw (one's self) down, in humility or adoration; bow with the face to the ground: used reflexively.
    • prostrate To present submissively; submit in reverence.
    • prostrate In medicine, to make to sink totally; reduce extremely; cause to succumb: as, to prostrate a person's strength.
    • prostrate Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface.
    • prostrate Lying at mercy, as a suppliant or one who is overcome in fight: as, a prostrate foe.
    • prostrate Lying or bowed low in the posture of humility or adoration.
    • prostrate In botany, lying flat and spreading on the ground without taking root; procumbent.
    • prostrate In zoology, closely appressed to the surface; lying flat: as, prostrate hairs. Synonyms Prostrate, Supine, Prone. He who lies prostrate may be either supine (that is, with his face up) or prone (that is, with his face down).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prostrate pros′trāt thrown forwards on the ground: lying at length: lying at mercy: bent in adoration
    • v.t Prostrate to throw forwards on the ground: to lay flat: to overthrow: to sink totally: to bow in humble reverence
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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. prostratus, p. p. of prosternere, to prostrate; pro, before, forward + sternere, to spread out, throw down. See Stratum


In literature:

How long the man remained prostrate he could only guess subsequently.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
He also faithfully and unremittingly ministered to me during the many weeks of fever and prostration.
"The World As I Have Found It" by Mary L. Day Arms
White and lifeless they found her, prostrate, her arm still bound with the handkerchief.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
Toil and care soon exhausted his frame, and he was prostrate on his dying bed.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The villains prostrated themselves.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Spenser once more arrived in London, but he was now in dire distress and prostrated by the hardships which he had suffered.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
The other horses rushed by, miraculously avoiding the prostrate figures.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
At that instant, I had an encounter with numerous Danavas, all of whom, however, I subdued and prostrated on the ground.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Those men that remember thee are never prostrated, O great Goddess.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The trees of the orchard are uprooted in an instant, and an old elm falls prostrate.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth

In poetry:

Then I sate on the prostrate trunk, and thought
Of the times that I there had strayed
From the clamour and strife of tongues, and sought
The peace of its silent shade;
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Behold, on yon lone rock the Lion bound,
Who once o'er prostrate Europe looked around;
See now, a Spaniel, yelping at the gate
Of his strong dungeon, mock his altered State.
"Napoleon" by James Avis Bartley
Fall on thy bended knees, before the Lord,
Before him in his courts submissive bow,
Nor let thy lips once drop a single word,
Ere thou hast prais'd him with prostration low.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Now GOLFRE homeward bent his way
His breast with passion burning:
The Chapel bell was rung, for pray'r,
And all—save GOLFRE, prostrate there—
Thank'd HEAV'N, for his returning!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Bridegroom night of love, working surely and softly into the
prostrate dawn;
Undulating into the willing and yielding day,
Lost in the cleave of the clasping and sweet-flesh'd day.
"I Sing The Body Electric" by Walt Whitman
When each shou'd repent, in the dust, on his face,
And prostrate implore thy forgiveness and grace,
And truly our glorious Creator adore,
Like Jews, we blasphem'd, and like troopers we swore.
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard

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.