See also: prôné, prône, and Prone

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From Middle English prone, proone, proon, from Latin prōnus (turned forward, bent or inclined), from prō (forward).

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prone (comparative proner or more prone, superlative pronest or most prone)

prone and supine position
  1. Lying face downward.
    Synonym: prostrate
    Antonym: supine
    prone position
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      But they had already discovered that he could be bullied, and they had it their own way; and presently Selwyn lay prone upon the nursery floor, impersonating a ladrone while pleasant shivers chased themselves over Drina, whom he was stalking.
  2. Of the hand, forearm or foot: turned facing away from the body; with the thumb inward or big toe downward.
    the hand is in the prone position typically when using a keyboard; and the forearm is then also in the prone position; when the foot is resting on the inner side of the sole, it is in the prone position.
  3. Having a downward inclination or slope.
  4. (figuratively) Predisposed, liable, inclined.
    prone to failure

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prone (third-person singular simple present prones, present participle proning, simple past and past participle proned)

  1. (medicine) To place in a prone position, to place face down.

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  1. feminine plural of prono

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  1. vocative masculine singular of prōnus

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prōnē (comparative prōnius, superlative prōnissimē)

  1. leaning forward
  2. prone

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