(Latin: lying on the back; going back; from supinus)
2. The position of someone lying upon the back.
3. The condition of being resupinate or reversed; such as, a coral.
2. The act of bringing someone to such a position.
2. The attitude or assumption of a partly supine position (posture of an individual lying face up).
2. To turn the foot so that the sole is facing upward, or to be turned in this way.
3. To turn the face upward or lie in a supine position with the face upward.
2. The act of assuming the supine position, or the state of being supine.
Applied to the hand, the act of turning the palm forward (anteriorly) or upward, performed by lateral rotation of the forearm.
Applied to the foot, it generally implies movements resulting in raising of the medial margin of the foot, hence of the longitudinal arch.
2. A muscle, especially in the forearm, that effects or assists supination.
2. A reference to the palm of the hand turned upward: While visiting her sister in the big city, Janet saw a beggar on the sidewalk with an open and supine manual extension asking for some money.
3. Descriptive of a person's behavior as being inactive, passive, or inert; especially, from indolence or blameworthy indifference: Mark's mother was becoming very upset with his negligent and supine conduct by lounging around watching TV and not helping her with the big job of raking up the leaves in the garden.
4. Etymology: from Latin supinus, "turned or thrown backward, going backward or downward."
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2. If anyone is supine, it indicates weakness and willingness to accept the control of others: "The new director has introduced a series of changes against little opposition from the supine staff."
3. A description which exhibits indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially, mentally or morally slack.
4. Carelessly; indolently; drowsily; in a heedless, thoughtless state.
2. Inactive, idle, inert, passive, dormant, torpid, supine.