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prone


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prone  \Prone\,  a.  [L.  pronus,  akin  to  Gr  ?,  ?,  Skr.  pravana 
  sloping,  inclined,  and  also  to  L.  pro  forward,  for  See 
  {Pro-}.] 
  1.  Bending  forward;  inclined;  not  erect. 
 
  Towards  him  they  bend  With  awful  reverence  prone. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Prostrate;  flat;  esp.,  lying  with  the  face  down  -- 
  opposed  to  {supine}. 
 
  Which  as  the  wind,  Blew  where  it  listed,  laying  all 
  things  prone.  --Byron. 
 
  3.  Headlong;  running  downward  or  headlong.  ``Down  thither 
  prone  in  flight.''  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Sloping,  with  reference  to  a  line  or  surface;  declivous; 
  inclined;  not  level. 
 
  Since  the  floods  demand,  For  their  descent,  a  prone 
  and  sinking  land.  --Blackmore. 
 
  5.  Inclined;  propense;  disposed;  --  applied  to  the  mind  or 
  affections,  usually  in  an  ill  sense  Followed  by  to 
  ``Prone  to  mischief.''  --Shak. 
 
  Poets  are  nearly  all  prone  to  melancholy.  --Landor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  prone 
  adj  1:  lying  face  downward  [syn:  {prostrate}] 
  2:  having  a  tendency  (to);  often  used  in  combination;  "a  child 
  prone  to  mischief";  "failure-prone" 




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