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Definitions of lean

  1. To incline or bend; to deviate from a straight or perpendicular line; to incline towards; to rest against. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To bend from an erect position; depend; with on or upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To cause to slant; rest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To slant from an upright position; to bend over for support; as, to lean on a cane; to rely; as, to lean on one's friends for advice; to tend; as, his opinion leaned toward the popular side. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To incline or bend: to turn from a straight line; to rest against: to incline towards:-pr.p. leaning; pa.t. and pa.p. leaned or leant (lent). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To incline; bend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. rely on for support; "We can lean on this man" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To incline; to cause to lean. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To deviate or move from a straight or perpendicular line; to incline or tend towards; to rest against or upon; to trust to. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Leaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Unremunerative copy or work. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Flesh without fat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Lean meat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. That part of flesh which consists of muscle without the fat. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Flesh or muscle without fat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. LEANLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. (metallurgy) low in mineral content; "a lean ore" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  31. low in mineral content; "a lean ore" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  32. Thin; free from fat; as, lean meat; not productive; as, lean years. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Thin, wanting flesh: not fat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. Wanting flesh or fat; meagre. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; slender. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; not rich; poor; barren of thought and interest; jejune. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. Thin; slender; not fat; bare. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. Leaned, leant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for lean

  1. She could not help herself- she had to lean against a tree and cry. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  2. Little was said by us lads as we stood there beneath the shelter of the lean to. – The Minute Boys of Boston by James Otis
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