Definition of recumbent in English:

recumbent

adjective

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

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

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It includes two-wheel, three-wheel and four-wheel recumbents - bikes with reclining seats and shoulder-height handlebars - plus examples of racing machines dating through from the 1920s to the 1960s.’
    • ‘To protect yourself, look for bikes with wider, flatter seats - or use a recumbent bike.’
    • ‘I am no recumbent rider, but this is no ordinary recumbent.’
    • ‘I tried both two-wheeled and three-wheeled recumbents, and vastly preferred the trikes.’
    • ‘The ‘F-Range’ as the company calls it consists of five pieces: stepper, upright cycle, recumbent cycle, treadmill and elliptical trainer.’
    • ‘For instance, use a recumbent bike with low resistance but high RPMs rather than trying to dash miles and miles through city streets.’
    • ‘On a recumbent bike, you've got a nice comfy seat with back support, and you're pushing horizontally.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The extensive array of cardio equipment includes treadmills, total-body elliptical cross-trainers, upright and recumbent Lifecycle exercise bikes and stairclimbers.’
    • ‘I wish to speak briefly about the provision for licensing small motorised personal transport devices - namely, mopeds, scooters, skateboards, recumbents, etc.’
    • ‘His only options are to sit on the rear rack, as if he were on a recumbent, or to pedal standing up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As long as you get your heart rate into the aerobic zone, you'll burn plenty of calories and boost your cardio fitness on the recumbent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First, I spend more time at the YMCA pedalling a stationery recumbent bike and watching the television breakfast news.’
    • ‘Most don't even realize the recumbent bike was invented in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘‘The whole point of the recumbent bike is to make you feel comfortable,’ Seabourne says, ‘so hopefully you can last longer and push harder.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cross-train with the elliptical trainer and recumbent bike, both of which get a thumbs-up for working the entire leg musculature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The best thing you could do for yourself would be to find a gym with the recumbent cycle machines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our bikes put us in a prime position to fall on our shoulders (as recumbent riders never tire of pointing out).’
    • ‘Gamboa recommends the recumbent bike for absolute beginners, while more seasoned athletes can use the machine of their choice.’
    • ‘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.’’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

recumbent

/rɪˈkʌmb(ə)nt/