Definition of recumbent in English:



  • 1(especially of a person or effigy) lying down.

    ‘recumbent statues’
    • ‘Where there was an effigy, a recumbent figure showing the deceased dead or sleeping was most common.’
    • ‘Cecil walked into the clinic, where he saw Herman sitting next to a recumbent Diana.’
    • ‘Variable quantities of gastric content normally reflux into the esophagus from time to time, more so when the stomach is filled and when the person is recumbent.’
    • ‘And then, somehow, I ended up recumbent on the bed with Rafe on top of me, my arms around his neck.’
    • ‘Most noticeably, a pair of frankly erotic paintings of recumbent female nudes crown the centre of the rooms.’
    • ‘In several, the blonde-helmeted, recumbent figure turns as though to meet the viewer's gaze.’
    • ‘The question was no sooner spoken than a groan came from the other side of the coffee table, echoed by the recumbent figure on the couch.’
    • ‘Confined within the window frame, this complex amalgam becomes an image of worldly flux contrasting sharply with the quiet immobility of the recumbent figure.’
    • ‘Neither the Greeks nor the Romans memorialized their dead in the form of full-scale recumbent effigies.’
    • ‘At top center is a woman in a camisole with a thought balloon above her head depicting a recumbent figure.’
    • ‘The recumbent figure, whose sexual ambiguity is iconographically unique, is one of several figural types conveying the myth of Hermaphroditus.’
    • ‘The elderly couple stared up at the towering weathered granite, a huge monolith that lay across the desert country like a recumbent lion.’
    • ‘While the figure represented recumbent as in death was frequently used on medieval tombs, the figure propped on an elbow as in life was frequently adopted by Renaissance and Baroque artists.’
    • ‘He leans over the recumbent form of his bandmate.’
    • ‘Rectal temperatures were obtained in recumbent patients; temperatures were recorded every two minutes until there had been no change for two minutes.’
    • ‘When the patient is recumbent you should raise his head to about 45 degrees, if that is possible.’
    • ‘Her snapping grey eyes softened, and she stood beside the couch silently, looking at the recumbent girl with compassion.’
    • ‘I say this sentence to myself over and over, I visualize it, and I realize that the attraction of the image lies in the life implied by the recumbent reader.’
    • ‘He laughed aloud in wonder, and smiled benevolently down at the recumbent figure in his lap.’
    • ‘The recumbent effigies of souls at rest gave way to an upright statuary of men and women reflecting on their moral duties.’
    lying, flat, horizontal, stretched out, sprawled, spreadeagled, reclining, resting, lounging, prone, prostrate, supine
    lying down, lying flat, on one's front, on one's stomach
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1(of a plant) growing close to the ground.
      ‘recumbent shrubs’


  • A type of bicycle designed to be ridden lying almost flat on one's back.

    • ‘The extensive array of cardio equipment includes treadmills, total-body elliptical cross-trainers, upright and recumbent Lifecycle exercise bikes and stairclimbers.’
    • ‘Cross-train with the elliptical trainer and recumbent bike, both of which get a thumbs-up for working the entire leg musculature.’
    • ‘The room contains six elliptical cross-trainers, three treadmills, two recumbent bikes, two stair-steppers, a flat incline bench, rubber dumb bells, a two-tier rack and three cable televisions.’
    • ‘The best thing you could do for yourself would be to find a gym with the recumbent cycle machines.’
    • ‘Our bikes put us in a prime position to fall on our shoulders (as recumbent riders never tire of pointing out).’
    • ‘The couple, who are travelling on a tandem recumbent tricycle worth almost $10,000, are at the half-way mark of their journey which started at Queensland's Big Pineapple.’
    • ‘‘The whole point of the recumbent bike is to make you feel comfortable,’ Seabourne says, ‘so hopefully you can last longer and push harder.’’
    • ‘The ‘F-Range’ as the company calls it consists of five pieces: stepper, upright cycle, recumbent cycle, treadmill and elliptical trainer.’
    • ‘On a recumbent bike, you've got a nice comfy seat with back support, and you're pushing horizontally.’
    • ‘Most don't even realize the recumbent bike was invented in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘Gamboa recommends the recumbent bike for absolute beginners, while more seasoned athletes can use the machine of their choice.’
    • ‘Models ranged from fold-up commuter bikes to electrically assisted bikes, from the family-sized four-seater ZEM bike to the Radius recumbent bike, where the cyclist lies back to pedal.’
    • ‘Paul Abel, who tried out a recumbent tandem tricycle with one of his sons, said: ‘It's been great fun to try out the bikes.’’
    • ‘It's a recumbent bike, the kind you sit on like you sit on a lounge chair, and as I'm riding I'm listening to music through my headphones.’
    • ‘In addition, she changed the exercise equipment in the club bringing in treadmills, recumbent bikes and ellipticals that were more comfortable for the women, most of whom were new to exercising.’
    • ‘Treadmills, stationary bikes, recumbent bikes, stair steppers and elliptical machines: With all the choices of modern cardio equipment, you have to wonder which is the best fat burner.’
    • ‘First, I spend more time at the YMCA pedalling a stationery recumbent bike and watching the television breakfast news.’
    • ‘To protect yourself, look for bikes with wider, flatter seats - or use a recumbent bike.’
    • ‘For instance, use a recumbent bike with low resistance but high RPMs rather than trying to dash miles and miles through city streets.’
    • ‘Whether it's a recreational, road, mountain, tandem or recumbent bike you're after, you'll find a stellar product that won't require a roof rack.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin recumbent- reclining, from the verb recumbere, from re- back + a verb related to cubare to lie.