pros·trate /ˈprɑsˌtret/ 形容詞
1. Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep prostrate.
Groveling and prostrate on yon lake of fire. --Milton.
2. Lying at mercy, as a supplicant.
3. Lying in a humble, lowly, or suppliant posture.
Before him reverent, and there confess
Humbly our faults. --Milton.
4. Bot. Trailing on the ground; procumbent.
Pros·trate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostrated p. pr. & vb. n. Prostrating.]
1. To lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants.
2. to overthrow; to demolish; to destroy; to deprive of efficiency; to ruin; as, to prostrate a village; to prostrate a government; to prostrate law or justice.
3. To throw down, or cause to fall in humility or adoration; to cause to bow in humble reverence; used reflexively; as, he prostrated himself.
4. To cause to sink totally; to deprive of strength; to reduce; as, a person prostrated by fever.
adj 1: stretched out and lying at full length along the ground;
"found himself lying flat on the floor" [syn: flat]
2: lying face downward [syn: prone]
v 1: get into a prostrate position, as in submission [syn: bow
2: render helpless or defenseless; "They prostrated the enemy"
3: throw down flat, as on the ground; "She prostrated herself