Is there a clear technical definition for a recumbent? Is it the position of the knee in relation to the crank? The presence or absence of a back rest?
There seems to be a fine line between, for example, stretch cruisers and recumbents:
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Short answer: whoever is describing it.
There are a bunch of dictionary definitions around that all centre on the "lying down" part, which doesn't help when there are recumbents with quite upright seating positions:
as well as (semi?) recumbents with quite small backrests and seats off upright bikes:
At the other extreme, of course, you have the virtually horizontal positions mostly used for racing:
I am inclined to the view that anything with a laid back seating position and a backrest is probably a recumbent.
Note that the racing world has side-stepped the whole definitional question in favour of using "human powered" to describe what they care about. You get the "International Human Powered Vehicle Association" which sadly doesn't have a space vehicle category yet. They do have categories for number of riders, multitrack and single track, and age/sex ones. But no "recumbent vs prone vs upright" rider position ones.