Learning English

Word: Recumbent

Recumbent (Adjective)

Sentence with Context:

In Buddhist tradition, lokapāla are heavenly kings who protect the four cardinal directions of the universe. In China, they came to be adopted in Tang dynasty funerary art as important guardians. Wearing an elaborate headdress that seems to represent the phoenix, this figure assumes a triumphant pose while standing atop a recumbent bull.

Credits: www.philamuseum.org

Well over 100 years ago the bicycle realised its current form and it has remained largely unchanged ever since. However, there are some intrepid souls who refuse to accept this and who embrace alternative designs for human-powered wheeled vehicles. And by far the most popular alternative “bicycle” is the recumbent. The recumbent strikes fear into the hearts of nearly every non-recumbent-riding cyclist. 

Source: www.theguardian.com

Meaning: A person or stature or effigy lying down; A bicycle that has its seat positioned such that the rider’s legs are extended horizontally forward to the pedals and the body is reclined

Synonyms

Lying, Sprawled, Reclining, Resting, Supine, Prostrate, Horizontal, Spreadeagled, Lounging

Antonyms

Upright, Standing, Erect

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

Recum-BENT” should remind you of “Bent” structures. Imagine someone so bent, that that person looks like he/ she is lying down in a horizontal position. Remember thus!

Credits: giphy.com
[We are seeing a recumbent bicycle above.]

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