from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration: "He did not simply sit and meditate, he also knelt down, sometimes even prostrated himself” ( Iris Murdoch).
- transitive v. To cause to lie flat: The wind prostrated the young trees.
- transitive v. To reduce to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome: an illness that prostrated an entire family; a nation that was prostrated by years of civil war.
- adj. Lying face down, as in submission or adoration.
- adj. Lying flat or at full length.
- adj. Reduced to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome.
- adj. Botany Growing flat along the ground.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lying flat, facedown.
- adj. Emotionally devastated.
- adj. Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
- v. To lie flat or facedown.
- v. To throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively).
- v. To cause to lie down, to flatten; (figuratively) to overcome or overpower.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out.
- adj. Lying at mercy, as a supplicant.
- adj. Lying in a humble, lowly, or suppliant posture.
- adj. Trailing on the ground; procumbent.
- transitive v. To lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell
- transitive v. to overthrow; to demolish; to destroy; to deprive of efficiency; to ruin
- transitive v. To throw down, or cause to fall in humility or adoration; to cause to bow in humble reverence; used reflexively.
- transitive v. To cause to sink totally; to deprive of strength; to reduce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay flat; throw down: as, to prostrate the body.
- To throw down; overthrow; demolish; ruin: as, to prostrate a government; to prostrate the honor of a nation.
- To throw (one's self) down, in humility or adoration; bow with the face to the ground: used reflexively.
- To present submissively; submit in reverence.
- In medicine, to make to sink totally; reduce extremely; cause to succumb: as, to prostrate a person's strength.
- Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface.
- Lying at mercy, as a suppliant or one who is overcome in fight: as, a prostrate foe.
- Lying or bowed low in the posture of humility or adoration.
- In botany, lying flat and spreading on the ground without taking root; procumbent.
- In zoology, closely appressed to the surface; lying flat: as, prostrate hairs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get into a prostrate position, as in submission
- v. throw down flat, as on the ground
- adj. lying face downward
- v. render helpless or defenseless
- adj. stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
Middle English prostraten, from prostrat, prostrate, from Latin prōstrātus, past participle of prōsternere, to throw down : prō-, forward; see pro- + sternere, to spread, cast down.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere ("to prostrate"). (Wiktionary)