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lean

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), verb (used with an object) [Icel. leyna; akin to G. l[aum]ugnen to deny, AS. l[=y]gnian, also E. lie to speak falsely.] To conceal. [Obs.] --Ray.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Leaned} (l[=e]nd), sometimes {Leant} (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaning}.] [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, verb (used without an object); akin to OS. hlin[=o]n, D. leunen, OHG. hlin[=e]n, lin[=e]n, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli'nein, L. clivus hill, slope. [root]40. Cf. {Declivity}, {Climax}, {Incline}, {Ladder}.]

1. To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as, she leaned out at the window; a leaning column. "He leant forward." --Dickens.

2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.

They delight rather to lean to their old customs. --Spenser.

3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.

He leaned not on his fathers but himself. --Tennyson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lean \Lean\, noun

1. That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat.

The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy. --Goldsmith.

2. (Typog.) Unremunerative copy or work.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lean \Lean\, verb (used with an object) [From {Lean}, verb (used without an object); AS. hl[=ae]nan, verb (used with an object), fr. hleonian, hlinian, verb (used without an object)] To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest. --Mrs. Browning.

His fainting limbs against an oak he leant. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), adjective [Compar. {Leaner} (l[=e]n"[~e]r); superl. {Leanest}.] [OE. lene, AS. hl[=ae]ne; prob. akin to E. lean to incline. See {Lean}, verb (used without an object) ]

1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.

2. Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean; -- used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages. "No lean wardrobe." --Shak.

Their lean and flashy songs. --Milton.

What the land is, whether it be fat or lean. --Num. xiii. 20.

Out of my lean and low ability I'll lend you something. --Shak.

3. (Typog.) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to {fat}; as, lean copy, matter, or type.

Syn: slender; spare; thin; meager; lank; skinny; gaunt.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

lean

adjective

1: lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare [syn: {thin}, {lean}] [ant: {fat}]

2: lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel" [ant: {rich}]

3: containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance" [syn: {lean}, {skimpy}]

4: not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"

noun

1: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right" [syn: {tilt}, {list}, {inclination}, {lean}, {leaning}]

verb

1: to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister" [syn: {lean}, {tilt}, {tip}, {slant}, {angle}]

2: cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"

3: have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence" [syn: {tend}, {be given}, {lean}, {incline}, {run}]

4: rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"

5: cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree" [syn: {list}, {lean}]

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