from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to assume a leaning or prone position.
- intransitive v. To lie back or down.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to lean back; to bend back.
- v. To put in a resting position.
- v. To lean back.
- v. To put one's self in a resting position.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause or permit to lean, incline, rest, etc.; to place in a recumbent position.
- intransitive v. To lean or incline.
- intransitive v. To assume, or to be in, a recumbent position.
- adj. Having a reclining posture; leaning; reclining.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lean backward or downward upon something; rest in a recumbent posture.
- To bend downward; lean; have a leaning posture.
- Synonyms Recline is always as strong as lean, and generally stronger, indicating a more completely recumbent position, and approaching lie.
- To plaee at rest in a leaning or recumbent posture; lean or settle down upon something: as, to recline the head on a pillow, or upon one's arm.
- Leaning; being in a reclining posture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move the upper body backwards and down
- v. lean in a comfortable resting position
- v. cause to recline
Middle English reclinen, from Old French recliner, from Latin reclīnāre : re-, re- + -clīnāre, to bend; see klei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin reclinare, "to bend back". Confer "decline", "incline". (Wiktionary)