Definition of reclination in English:


Pronunciation /ˌrɛklɪˈneɪʃn/


  • 1The action or practice of reclining; the posture or position of a reclining person or thing.

  • 2The fact of sloping backwards from the vertical; the angle of this slope, relative to the vertical.

    Especially with reference to sundials, contrasted with "inclination".

  • 3Surgery
    historical A form of couching for cataract (or, later, for dislocation of the lens) in which the lens is laid back into the vitreous with its anterior surface uppermost. Compare "depression".


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hill (b. c1528). From post-classical Latin reclination-, reclinatio return (Vetus Latina), rest, repose, action of leaning back from classical Latin reclīnāt-, past participial stem of reclīnāre + -iō.