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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹəʊn/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹoʊn/
- Rhymes: -əʊn
- Lying face downward.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- But they had already discovered that he could be bullied, and they had it their own way; and presently Selwyn lay prone upon the nursery floor, impersonating a ladrone while pleasant shivers chased themselves over Drina, whom he was stalking.
- Having a downward inclination or slope.
- (figuratively) Predisposed, liable, inclined.
- prone to failure
- 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 141”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before Imprinted, London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, OCLC 216596634:
- Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted; / Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone, / Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited / To any sensual feast with thee alone: […]
- 2019 November 20, “Thanathorn: Thai opposition leader disqualified as MP”, in BBC, BBC, retrieved 2019-11-21:
- Future Forward came third in the elections with 6.2 million votes, and Mr Thanathorn has since emerged as the main voice of opposition to the military-dominated government. He has been a strong critic of the powerful army's role in coup-prone Thai politics.
lying face downward; prostrate
- (medicine) To place in a prone position, to place face down.