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Definition of the noun prostration

What does prostration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: prostrations

  1. an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
    • example: the commander's prostration demoralized his men
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of prostration: collapse
    • more generic words: illness / malady / sickness / unwellness = impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
    • more specific terms:
      • breakdown / crack-up = a mental or physical breakdown
      • shock = bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells
      • heat hyperpyrexia / heatstroke = collapse caused by exposure to excessive heat
      • algidity = prostration characterized by cold and clammy skin and low blood pressure
  2. abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: compliance / submission = the act of submitting
  3. the act of assuming a prostrate position
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location

Alternative definition of the noun prostration


  1. The act or condition of prostrating (lying flat) oneself, as a sign of humility.
  2. A part of the ordination of Catholic and Orthodox priests.
  3. Being laid face down (prone).
  4. The condition of being prostrated, as from heat.
  5. A reverential bow performed in Middle Eastern cultures.


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  1. Prostration is the placement of the body in a reverentially or submissively prone position as a gesture. Typically prostration is distinguished from the lesser acts of bowing or kneeling by involving a part of the body above the knee touching the ground, especially the hands. Major world religions employ prostration as an act of submissiveness or worship to a supreme being or other worshiped entities, as in the sajdah of the Islamic prayer, salat, or to show reverence to persons or other elements of the religion. In various cultures and traditions, prostrations are similarly used to show respect to rulers, civil authorities and social elders or superiors, as in the Chinese kowtow or Ancient Persian proskynesis. The act has often traditionally been an important part of religious, civil and traditional rituals and ceremonies, and remains in use in many cultures.
  2. Prostration: A prostration is a gesture used in Buddhist practice to show reverence to the Triple Gem and other objects of veneration.

Phrases with Prostration

  1. heat prostration
  2. nervous prostration

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Prostration

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Google previewBenedict's Dharma (2002)

by Patrick Henry

For Benedict, humility is demonstrated in a literal manner through deeds, and this prostration is a physical expression of the in~ ner conversion of the...

The act of prostration is an expression of one's willingness to give up selfabsorption.

Google previewGlory in the Cross (2011)

Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal by Paul Turner

Prostration is the first option and hence is preferred. A draft of the revised postconciliar liturgy made this observation in response to a proposal to eliminate it: But for the people this rite is a sign of most profound devotion. Friday of the Passion ...

Google previewGun-Dog Training Pointing Dogs (1983)

by Kenneth C. Roebuck

Heat prostration is an ever-present danger in hot weather and if a dog succumbs to it out in the field, unless you happen to be close to a shaded, cool stream in which the dog can be immersed, the chances are good that it will kill him quickly.

Google previewThe Complete Book of Yiquan (2015)

by C S Tang

Prostration is a general term describing a gesture of homage and respect. There are many different ways to do prostrations, and the traditions vary from place to place. However, knowingly prostrating in the wrong way, whether out of pride or in ...

Google previewQuit Your Worrying! (2017)

by George Wharton James

Nervous prostration is a disease of overwork, mainly mental overwork, and in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, comes from worry. Worry is the most senseless and insane form of mental work. It is as if a bicycle-rider were so riding against ...

Google previewA History of Muslim Civilization: From late antiquity to the fall of the Umayyads (2003)

by Huseyin Abiva, Noura Durkee

Prostration is the position in Islamic prayer when the worshipper's forehead, hands, knees and feet touch the ground in humility and submission to Allah. Adding "M- A" to the word makes the place-form of the word, "a place of making sujucf or ...

Google preview1 and 2 Chronicles (1998)

Volume 2: 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and Atonement by William Johnstone

The king is the representative and agent of God on earth; the human king sits on the divine throne; prostration is an acknowledgment of this status (1 Chron. 29.20 ). But, if the divine element is misconstrued, the honour to the king becomes a ...

Google previewWilliams' Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy (2016)

Medicine, Medicine by CTI Reviews

Prostration is the placement of ...

Google previewIslamic Reform and Colonial Discourse on Modernity in India (2014)

Socio-Political and Religious Thought of Vakkom Moulavi by Jose Abraham

Prostration is a spiritual exercise, which perpetuates the remembrance of God and produces purity and excellence ...

Google previewThe Guiding Helper: Main Text and Explanatory Notes (2009)

by Abu Qanit al-Sharif al-Hasani

Prostration is an act of submission (recognizing that Allah has power over the person). 825 The ninth wajib action is to sit on the floor between the two prostrations of each unit. 826 The tenth wajib action is to sit on floor when making the ...

Google previewPrinciples of Medicine in Africa (2004)

by Eldryd Parry

Prostration is the inability to sit up in a patient who is old enough to do so normally, or inability to drink or suck in a younger child. Respiratory distress is any visible impression of increased depth or effort of breathing (intercostal recession or ...

Google previewFlint's Condensed Complete Encyclopedia of Medicine and Surgery (1892)

Great prostration is an unfavorable sign, and " black ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Alternative & Complementary Medicine (2010)

Subjective health care viewed with an objective eye by Joseph Segen

prostration. Neurasthenia, see there...

American nervousness, americanitis, cerebral exhaustion, nervous exhaustion, nervous prostration, neurasthenia americana Medical history–Alternative health A condition described in the late ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Nor is only a resolved prostration unto antiquity a powerful enemy unto knowledge, but any confident adherence unto authority. Browne. Stake and bind up your weakest plants against the winds, before they come too fiercely, and in a moment ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* PROSTRATION, n. s. [prstration, Fr. from prrstrate.] 1. The act of falling down in a- dora'tion. — Nor is only a resolved prostration unto antiquity, a powerful enemy unto knowledge, ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

Nor is only a resolved prostration unto antiquity a powerful enemy unto knowledge, but any confident adherence unto authority. Browne. Stake and bind up your weakest plants against the winds, before they come too fiercely, and in a moment ...

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There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration. (Lewis Carroll)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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