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prostrate

(prŏs′trāt′)
tr.v. pros·trated, pros·trating, pros·trates
1. To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration: "He did not simply sit and meditate, he also knelt down, sometimes even prostrated himself" (Iris Murdoch).
2. To cause to lie flat: The wind prostrated the young trees.
3. To reduce to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome: an illness that prostrated an entire family; a nation that was prostrated by years of civil war.
adj.
1. Lying face down, as in submission or adoration.
2. Lying flat or at full length.
3. Reduced to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome.
4. Botany Growing flat along the ground.

pros′tra′tor n.

prostrate

(prŏs′trāt) [Gr. pro, before, + L. sternere, stretch out]
1. Lying with the body extended, usually face down.
2. To deprive of strength or to exhaust.

prostrate

see PROCUMBENT.
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However, Dr Ahmad Abdul Aziz Al Haddad this week told Saudi newspaper Al Eqtisadiya that players needed to meet strict conditions to perform the prostration of thanks and these include purity of the body, the coverage of their private parts and kneeling towards Makkah.
The players in fact may need to perform ablution to cleanse their bodies and are not sufficiently covered for the prostration," Al Haddad said.
The Mufti told the paper that scoring a goal was not a blessing that warranted a prostration of thanks and gratitude to God, adding that watching football matches could in fact take away people from praying and praising God.
As noted above, De Quincey describes Cunningham's expressions of admiration for Scott and Southey as "too oriental prostrations.
Calling Cunningham's prostrations "oriental" therefore registers their threat to De Quincey's sense of himself as a literate English subject.
After stretches in bed, I get up and do 25 prostrations, or bows to the ground.
On July 13, newspapers reported five deaths in the Hub and said that heat prostrations continued.