from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Bending or curving gradually back from the perpendicular.
  • adjective Recumbent.
  • adjective a dial whose plane is inclined to the vertical line through its center. Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.).

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  • adjective which can be reclined, can be moved into a more horizontal position.
  • verb Present participle of recline.

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  • noun the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position


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  • There remains Situation, which like Possession is confined to a few instances such as reclining and sitting.

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