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prone
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The Scarlet Letter
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as in: prone position Define
lying face downward
  • In Hester Prynne’s instance, however, as not unfrequently in other cases, her sentence bore that she should stand a certain time upon the platform, but without undergoing that gripe about the neck and confinement of the head, the proneness to which was the most devilish characteristic of this ugly engine.

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  • The victim was found on the floor laying in a prone position.
  • 80% of children who died of sudden infant death syndrome had been lying in a prone position.

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as in: prone to Define
having a tendency (to do something)
as in: prone position Define
lying face downward
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