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  • supine on a stretcher
  • Supine.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Awkward mourners who had come from Colombo waited as silent as my supine grandfather while the argument blazed from room to room and down the halls of Rock Hill.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • "If you have some liniment I’ll put it on my dignity," Mrs Whatsit said, still supine.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Supine now, eyes half closed, he lay rigid and wet in a pool of sunlight.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • So Ender walked to Stilson’s supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • From my supine perch on the back of the police car, I noticed an older woman staring at me, shaking her head.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Oh, merciful heavens, was I not accessory to his death by my supine insensibility, by my contempt for him, not remembering, or not willing to remember, that it was for my sake he had become a traitor and a perjurer?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When he took note of some delay that I made before answering, he fell again supine, and forth appeared no more.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • You!’ she shrieked at Dudley, still supine on the alley floor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • It tipped its head to examine the supine flesh.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He lay supine, hands folded on his chest, in total darkness, trapped in the most confined of spaces.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She was supine under a little oak, resting after the fury of her elder-hunting, and had taken off the high-heeled slippers she had been silly enough to wear.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • In the ruffled mane, the rider’s breezy hair and erect attitude, there was a suggestion of suddenly arrested motion, of strength, courage, and youthful buoyancy that contrasted sharply with the supine grace of the (Dolce far Niente) sketch.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • If Crome and his colleagues were indefatigable, Poirot seemed to me strangely supine.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He found Prince Hektor, Priam’s son, no longer supine but just now recovered, sitting up, able to see and know his friends’ faces around him; his hard panting and sweating had been eased.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • And how her hands lay supine on her lap, the fingers curling a little as though to receive a gift.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I rose from my supine position, once again propping myself on an elbow to look down at her.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • In fact, the postoperative report was clear that even though our son’s prognosis had been grim, the surgery had gone just fine: OPERATIVE REPORT OPERATIVE DATE: 3/5/2003 PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Acute appendicitis POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Perforated appendicitis and abscess OPERATION: Appendectomy and drainage of abscess SURGEON: Timothy O’Holleran, M.D. DESCRIPTION OF THE OPERATION: The patient was placed in a supine position on the Operating Table.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Then, on a sudden but apparently pressing impulse, he stretched out supine on the carpet.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • In his almost inexplicable apathy he was content to droop supinely while Carrie drifted out of his life, just as he was willing supinely to see opportunity pass beyond his control.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The tumuli these had left behind, dun and shagged with heather, jutted roundly into the sky from the uplands, as though they were the full breasts of Diana Multimammia supinely extended there.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I could smell the curves of the river beyond the dusk and I saw the last light supine and tranquilupon tideflats like pieces ofbroken mirror, then beyond them lightsbegan in the pale clear air, trembling a little like butterflies hoveringa long way off.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • She lay supine, and straight as an arrow, on the sloping sod of this hill-top, gazing up into the blue miles of sky, and still retaining her warm hold of Jude’s hand.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She lay supine on her bed without a pillow, a glass of water within easy reach and, at her side, a book she knew she could not read.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Alexander found Pollard lying supine with his leg up in traction, his misery greatly assuaged by a leggy private nurse named Agnes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
    Patrick Henry  --  Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  • Towards the second evening she reached the irregular chalk table-land or plateau, bosomed with semi-globular tumuli—as if Cybele the Many-breasted were supinely extended there—which stretched between the valley of her birth and the valley of her love.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He lay supine on the ground as the vehicle came to a stop; the driver leaped out, an innocent about to protest his innocence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Certain possible inventions of which he had cogitated when reclining in a state of supine repletion to aid digestion, stimulated by his appreciation of the importance of inventions now common but once revolutionary, for example, the aeronautic parachute, the reflecting telescope, the spiral corkscrew, the safety pin, the mineral water siphon, the canal lock with winch and sluice, the suction pump.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Each day at tea time, as his brothers and sisters played kabadi and cricket outside, Ashoke would go to his grandfather’s room, and for an hour his grandfather would read supine on the bed, his ankles crossed and the book propped open on his chest, Ashoke curled at his side.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • …and profound intensity as though she actually had some intimation gained from that rapport with the fluid cradle of events (time) which she had acquired or cultivated by listening beyond closed doors not to what she heard there but by becoming supine and receptive, incapable of either discrimination or opinion or incredulity, to the pre-fever’s temperature of disaster which makes soothsayers and sometimes makes them right, of the future catastrophe in which the ogre-face of her…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Thus far I had succumbed supinely to this imperious domination.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s left hand lying supine on the table drew Hema’s eye.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • If the power of affording it be placed under the direction of the Union, there will be no danger of a supine and listless inattention to the dangers of a neighbor, till its near approach had superadded the incitements of selfpreservation to the too feeble impulses of duty and sympathy.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The work was of the same character as that which he had just been engaged on, but with the greater directness which surgery has than medicine; and a larger proportion of the patients suffered from those two diseases which a supine public allows, in its prudishness, to be spread broadcast.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • [supine] No I haven’t.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The fact that he got through his supines without mistake the next day, encouraged him to persevere in this appendix to his prayers, and neutralized any scepticism that might have arisen from Mr. Stelling’s continued demand for Euclid.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It is a canvas deck chair, mended and faded and sagged so long to the shape of Hightower’s body that even when empty it seems to hold still in ghostly embrace the owner’s obese shapelessness; approaching, Byron thinks how the mute chair evocative of disuse and supineness and shabby remoteness from the world, is somehow the symbol and the being too of the man himself.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • In the supineness of her conscience she even took her repugnance towards her husband for aspirations towards her lover, the burning of hate for the warmth of tenderness; but as the tempest still raged, and as passion burnt itself down to the very cinders, and no help came, no sun rose, there was night on all sides, and she was lost in the terrible cold that pierced her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • When he returned, to understand how Fanny was situated, and perceived its ill effects, there seemed with him but one thing to be done; and that "Fanny must have a horse" was the resolute declaration with which he opposed whatever could be urged by the supineness of his mother, or the economy of his aunt, to make it appear unimportant.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Impatient with "supineness," as he said, and ambitious for a command of his own, Burgoyne had sailed for England in early December.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But the most dangerous effect of the exhaustion steadily gaining on all engaged in the fight against the epidemic did not consist in their relative indifference to outside events and the feelings of others, but in the slackness and supineness that they allowed to invade their personal lives.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Lou and his tent-mates were dozing in their shelter when an unfamiliar voice called from out of the gale, Let him in quickly or he’s going to die out here! " Lou unzipped the tent later a bearded man fell supine into his lap.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • By Richmond I raised my knees Supine on the floor of a narrow canoe.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • They found the careless host dispers’d upon the plain, Who, gorg’d, and drunk with wine, supinely snore.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Supine presses," Juju said in a slightly snobbish tone.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And, as pleased as Howe may have been to see Clinton leave, Clinton had at least served as an antidote to Howe’s "supineness."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • There were twenty or so, prone, supine, draped over curbstones, sitting in the street with woozy looks.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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