Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “supine”

supine

adjective uk   /ˈsuː.paɪn/ /ˈsjuː-/ us  

supine adjective (BODY)

formal (lying) flat on your back, looking up: We walked along the beach, past the rows of supine bodies soaking up the sun.
Compare

supine adjective (CHARACTER)

disapproving If you are supine, you are weak and willing to accept the control of others: The new director has introduced a series of changes against little opposition from the supine staff.
supinely
adverb uk   /-li/ formal us  
(Definition of supine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of supine?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “supine”

Translations of “supine”

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford​,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More