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Consider the guy pointed out by red circle the following image (img_1),

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which expression in the following is more clear and idiomatic?

  1. He is in the horizontal position.

  2. He's supine.

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All of the people in the picture are in a horizontal position, so I don't think that option 1 describes his position completely.

The word supine is not very widely used: the Cambridge Dictionary describes it as formal. I knew that it meany lying down, but I was surprised to find that it does additionally mean "lying on your back, looking up". I suspect that I'm not the only one that doesn't know this. For this reason, I don't think that option 1 is very useful either.

A more idiomatic way of describing this would be:

He is lying on his back

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    The opposite of supine is prone (lying face down), but neither would be used in everyday speech. Jan 30 '20 at 9:37
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    @KateBunting So, both "lying face down" and "lying face up" would be used in everyday speech and everyone can understand readily, right?
    – zghqh
    Jan 31 '20 at 21:40
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    @zghqh Yes - or lying on his back as JavaLatte suggests. Feb 1 '20 at 9:09

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