- lying down; reclining; leaning.
- inactive; idle.
- Zoology, Botany. noting a part that leans or reposes upon its surface of origin.
- a recumbent person, animal, plant, etc.
- lying down; reclining
- (of a part or organ) leaning or resting against another organ or the grounda recumbent stem
- (of a fold in a rock formation) in which the axial plane is nearly horizontal
1705, from Latin recumbentem (nominative recumbens), present participle of recumbere “recline, lie down, lie down again;” of things, “to fall, sink down, settle down,” from re- “back” (see re-) + -cumbere “to lie down” (see succumb). Related: Recumbency (1640s). A verb, recumb, has been attempted in English occasionally since 1670s.
- Lying down, especially in a position of comfort; reclining.