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Webster 1913 Edition


Supine

Su-pine′

(sū̍-pīn′)
,
Adj.
[L.
supinus
, akin to
sub
under,
super
above. Cf.
Sub-
,
Super-
.]
1.
Lying on the back, or with the face upward; – opposed to
prone
.
2.
Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined.
If the vine
On rising ground be placed, or hills
supine
.
Dryden.
3.
Negligent; heedless; indolent; listless.
He became pusillanimous and
supine
, and openly exposed to any temptation.
Woodward.
Syn. – Negligent; heedless; indolent; thoughtless; inattentive; listless; careless; drowsy.
Su-pine′ly
,
adv.
Su-pine′ness
,
Noun.

Su′pine

(sū′pīn)
,
Noun.
[L.
supinum
(sc.
verbum
), from
supinus
bent or thrown backward, perhaps so called because, although furnished with substantive case endings, it rests or falls back, as it were, on the verb: cf. F.
supin
.]
(Lat. Gram.)
A verbal noun; or (according to C.F.Becker), a case of the infinitive mood ending in -um and -u, that in -um being sometimes called the former supine, and that in -u the latter supine.

Webster 1828 Edition


Supine

SUPI'NE

,
Adj.
[L. supinus.] Lying on the back, or with the face upward; opposed to prone.
1.
Leaning backward; or inclining with exposure to the sun.
If the vine
On rising ground be plac'd on hills supine--
2.
Negligent; heedless; indolent; thoughtless; inattentive.
He became pusillanimous and supine, and openly exposed to any temptation.
These men suffer by their supine credulity.

Definition 2022


supine

supine

English

Adjective

supine (comparative more supine, superlative most supine)

  1. Lying on its back, reclined
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian:
      Christmas queen Mary Berry's aubergine five-nut roast, from her Christmas Collection, is, as the name suggests, rather more focused on the nut side of things. Breadcrumbs play second fiddle to a medley of almonds, Brazils, chestnuts, pine nuts and pistachios which, although tangy with lemon juice and garlic, is outrageously dense. A single slice of this could leave you supine in front of the Queen's speech without even the wherewithal to reach for the remote control.
  2. Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined.
    • Dryden
      If the vine / On rising ground be placed, or hills supine.
  3. Negligent; heedless; listless; lethargic; indifferent.
    • Woodward
      He became pusillanimous and supine, and openly exposed to any temptation.
    • 1788, Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, published 1863, page 237:
      If the power of affording it be placed under the direction of the Union, there will be no danger of a supine and listless inattention to the dangers of a neighbor.
  4. Passive
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral, London: Oxford University Press: 1973, page 34,
      Nothing, therefore, can be more contrary than such a philosophy to the supine indolence of the mind.

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Noun

supine (plural supines)

  1. (grammar) A type of verbal noun.
  2. (grammar) Swedish: verbform in combination with an inflection of ha (sv) to form the present perfect and pluperfect

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Italian

Adjective

supine

  1. feminine plural of supino

Latin

Adjective

supine

  1. vocative masculine singular of supinus

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