Prone

Prone

(?), a. [L. pronus, akin to Gr. , , Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.]
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1. Bending forward; inclined; not erect.
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Towards him they bend
With awful reverence prone.
Milton.
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2. Prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to supine.
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Which, as the wind,
Blew where it listed, laying all things prone.
Byron.
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3. Headlong; running downward or headlong. "Down thither prone in flight." Milton.
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4. Sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level.
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Since the floods demand,
For their descent, a prone and sinking land.
Blackmore.
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5. Inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to. "Prone to mischief." Shak.
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Poets are nearly all prone to melancholy.
Landor.
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