• The prince reclines, listening, as the princess speaks
    The prince reclines, listening, as the princess speaks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v recline lean in a comfortable resting position "He was reposing on the couch"
    • v recline cause to recline "She reclined her head on the pillow"
    • v recline move the upper body backwards and down
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Additional illustrations & photos:

standing wolfhound with reclining wolfhound standing wolfhound with reclining wolfhound
wolfhound licking hand of reclining man wolfhound licking hand of reclining man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Recline Having a reclining posture; leaning; reclining. "They sat, recline On the soft downy bank, damasked with flowers."
    • Recline To assume, or to be in, a recumbent position; as, to recline on a couch.
    • v. t Recline 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."
    • Recline To lean or incline; as, to recline against a wall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recline To lean backward or downward upon something; rest in a recumbent posture.
    • recline To bend downward; lean; have a leaning posture.
    • recline Synonyms Recline is always as strong as lean, and generally stronger, indicating a more completely recumbent position, and approaching lie.
    • recline To plaee at rest in a leaning or recumbent posture; lean or settle down upon something: as, to recline the head on a pillow, or upon one's arm.
    • recline Leaning; being in a reclining posture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Recline rē-klīn′ to lean or bend backwards: to lean to or on one side
    • v.i Recline to lean: to rest or repose
    • adjs Recline (Milt.) leaning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. reclinare,; pref. re-, re- + clinare, to lean, incline. See Incline Lean to incline
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. reclinārere-, back, clināre, to bend.


In literature:

They were reclining there, in that cool, fragrant spot in the shadow of a great beech-tree.
"The Strolling Saint" by Raphael Sabatini
In a chair drawn to his partner's desk in the dusty office, he half-reclined, arms on the desk, his chin on his clenched fists.
"The Two Vanrevels" by Booth Tarkington
Two of these played dominoes, and one or two reclined as in sleep.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
Reclining on her divan, she thought of her despised and joyless past, of her desolate and inglorious future.
"Henry VIII And His Court" by Louise Muhlbach
They sit or recline huddled together against a rock, and they are farther from home, in every sense of the word, than ever before.
"The Admirable Crichton" by J. M. Barrie
Dr. Ferguson, taking in the whole scene at a rapid glance, approached the wooden couch on which the sultan lay reclining.
"Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne
She found him reclining upon a couch, seeking distraction in a volume of the prose works of Piccinino.
"Love-at-Arms" by Raphael Sabatini
These encomiums still resounded in her ears, and she reclined upon the divan and listened to their pleasing echo.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
Vetranio reclined at the head of the table, dressed in a scarlet mantle.
"Antonina" by Wilkie Collins
She was sewing, a task which her reclining position rendered somewhat difficult.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell

In poetry:

I fain would tread your garden walks,
Or in your shady bowers recline;
Then open wide your golden gates,
And make them mine, and make them mine.
"June" by Horatio Alger Jr
Since God is always to them kind,
Why do they die for want of aid,
But 'cause they on their strength reclin'd,
And ne'er for his assistance pray'd?
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
And silence, pleas'd, his reign resign'd.
Whene'er he heard her vocal tongue;
And grief in slumbers sweet reclin'd,
As on his ear its accents hung.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
THE sun-browned girl, whose limbs recline
When noon her languid hand has laid
Hot on the green flakes of the pine,
Beneath its narrow disk of shade;
"A Roman Aqueduct" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Here, soft-reclined, From wave, from wind,
And Fortune's tempest safe, ashore,
To cheat their care, Of former war
They talk the pleasing shadows o'er.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
Though fair her gems of azure hue,
Beneath the dew-drop's weight reclining;
I've seen an eye of lovelier blue,
More sweet through wat'ry lustre shining.
"The Violet" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Type, once so ready to recline into measured lines, isn't so accommodating anymore.
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Reclining on the police captain's couch, barefoot and drowsy after a night without sleep, Mr Yasin was amused.
Obama, Clinton tour Thailand's Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Every third Friday last fall, Brandie Sellers passed most of her day in a plush leather recliner.
RENTON – Creature comforts at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center include a couple of rows of cushy recliner chairs up the middle of the Seattle Seahawks locker room.
Human Touch®, the US market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, has added five new esteemed experts to its Wellness Council.
Something about CINEAK's new theater recliner makes us hungry for waffles.
Wife's birthday marathon is history — now it's time to recline .
Kettle said recliners are OK with most people because it's not a bed, but it's still comfortable.
A computer monitor is wedged against a recliner.
With your man reclining in a tub full of water, straddle his lap, facing him.
Use This Handy Trick to Battle Rude, Reclining Airplane Passengers.
The Torrent 's wide track and segment-leading wheelbase (112.5 inches) translate into generous passenger and cargo space, especially in the second row where the 60/40 split seat both reclines and moves forward or back 8 inches.

In science:

Endurance (metabolic efficiency), aerobic loads of lowimpact and intensity at reclining cycleergometer adding fine motor and cooperatives tasks.
The physical condition from the perspective of complexity: Application of a physical activity program for Alzheimer's disease