Definitions

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  • v. To lean; to recline; to repose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To lean; to recline; to repose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To recline; lean; repose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lean in a comfortable resting position

Etymologies

Latin recumbere; prefix re- back + cumbere (in comparative), akin to cubare to lie down. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dear Mollie -- I was glad to know that bound with the fetters of Science, and depressed by thought, you were Struggling yet to ascend the rugged Steep -- where "Star eyed Science" and fame unfold their banners to every anxious aspirant, and under whose folds of magnitude and magnificence all alike are permitted to recumb, and recur those who have in vagrancy strayed "tracing Shadows" -- beware of

    Letter from Young John Allen to Mollie Houston,June 2, 1854

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