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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of prostrating oneself.
  • n. The state of being prostrate.
  • n. Total exhaustion or weakness; collapse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or condition of prostrating (lying flat) oneself, as a sign of humility.
  • n. A part of the ordination of Catholic and Orthodox priests.
  • n. Being laid face down (prone).
  • n. The condition of being prostrated, as from heat.
  • n. A reverential bow performed in Middle Eastern cultures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying fiat.
  • n. The act of falling down, or of bowing in humility or adoration; primarily, the act of falling on the face, but usually applied to kneeling or bowing in reverence and worship.
  • n. The condition of being prostrate; great depression; lowness; dejection.
  • n. A latent, not an exhausted, state of the vital energies; great oppression of natural strength and vigor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying flat.
  • n. The act of falling down, or the act of bowing, in humility or adoration; primarily, the act of falling on the face, but the word is now used also for kneeling or bowing in reverence and worship.
  • n. Great depression; dejection: as, a prostration of spirits.
  • n. In medicine, a great loss of strength, which may involve both voluntary and involuntary functions.

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

  • n. the act of assuming a prostrate position
  • n. an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
  • n. abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body

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