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Definition lying down face upward

Much more rarely, supine can mean to offer no resistance.
  • The Olympic luge team hits speeds of 80 m.p.h. while supine on their sled.
supine = lying down face upward
  • She lay supine on a stretcher.
  • supine = lying down face upward
  • Then, on a sudden but apparently pressing impulse, he stretched out supine on the carpet.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • supine = lying down face upward
  • So Ender walked to Stilson's supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • supine = lying down face upward
  • 'You!' she shrieked at Dudley, still supine on the alley floor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • supine = lying down face upward
  • By Richmond I raised my knees
    Supine on the floor of a narrow canoe.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • supine = lying down face upward
  • 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
  • supinely = lying down face upward
  • We got up and went out on the verandah, leaving the supine stranger to be dealt with by the Chinamen.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Shadow Line
  • The maid pulled the hay from her, her mistress submitting with the supine listlessness of a dying animal.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  The Message
  • No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried
  • Supine presses," Juju said in a slightly snobbish tone.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Thus far I had succumbed supinely to this imperious domination.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • 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
  • They found the careless host dispers'd upon the plain, Who, gorg'd, and drunk with wine, supinely snore.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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
  • Lou unzipped the tent later a bearded man fell supine into his lap.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Supine now, eyes half closed, he lay rigid and wet in a pool of sunlight.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • It tipped its head to examine the supine flesh.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • If Crome and his colleagues were indefatigable, Poirot seemed to me strangely supine.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders

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