AskDefine | Define reclining

Dictionary Definition

reclining adj : lying down; in a position of comfort or rest [syn: accumbent, decumbent, recumbent] n : the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position

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  1. (Of a chair) which can be reclined, can be moved into a more horizontal position.
    A reclining armchair.


  1. present participle of recline

Extensive Definition

A recliner is an armchair that reclines when the occupant lowers the chair's back and raises its front. It has a backrest that can be tilted back, causing a footrest to extend from the front. It provides the occupant more comfort than most of the conventional chairs and is thus invariably used all the world over in all sort of luxury vehicles.


  • 1928 — cousins Edward Knabusch and Edwin Shoemaker created the first recliner in Monroe, Michigan. They started the "Floral City Furniture Company".
  • 1931 — Knabusch and Shoemaker received a patent for the first automatic recliner. The Floral City Furniture Company was renamed as the now famous "La-Z-Boy".
The "La-Z-Boy" name came about as the result of an employee contest designed to pick a new name for the company.
reclining in French: Fauteuil inclinable
reclining in Japanese: リクライニングシート

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