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Definitions of lean

  1. to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (metallurgy) low in mineral content; "a lean ore" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. rely on for support; "We can lean on this man" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. low in mineral content; "a lean ore" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. To conceal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. 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
  15. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Unremunerative copy or work. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Leanness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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
  23. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. 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.
  25. To cause to slant; rest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. 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.
  27. Leaned, leant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. Leaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. 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.
  30. Thin, wanting flesh: not fat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. Flesh without fat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. LEANLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. To incline; bend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  34. Wanting flesh or fat; meagre. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. 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.
  36. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; slender. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. Lean meat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. To incline; to cause to lean. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. 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.
  42. Thin; slender; not fat; bare. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. Flesh or muscle without fat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  44. 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.
  45. To incline in opinion or preference. A court is sometimes said to "lean against" a doctrine, construction, or view contended for, whereby it is meant that the court regards it with disfavor or repugnance, because of its inexpedieuce, injustice, or inconsistency thelawdictionary.org
  46. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc. mso.anu.edu.au
  47. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against. mso.anu.edu.au
  48. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  49. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type. mso.anu.edu.au
  50. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to, toward, etc. dictgcide_fs
  51. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; with on, upon, or against. dictgcide_fs
  52. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle. dictgcide_fs
  53. 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. dictgcide_fs
  54. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type. dictgcide_fs
  55. That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat. dictgcide_fs
  56. l[=e]n, v.i. to incline or bend: to turn from a straight line: to rest against: to incline towards:--pr.p. lean'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. leaned or leant (lent).--n. LEAN'-TO, a shed or penthouse whose supports lean upon another building or wall. [A.S. hlinian, and causal form hl['æ]nan; Dut. leunen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  57. l[=e]n, adj. thin, wanting flesh: not fat: unprofitable, taking extra time--a printer's phrase.--n. flesh without fat.--adj. LEAN'-FACED, having a thin face: (print.) slender and narrow, as letters.--adv. LEAN'LY.--n. LEAN'NESS.--adj. LEAN'-WIT'TED, of little sense. [A.S. hl['æ]ne; Low Ger. leen; according to Skeat, from hl['æ]nan, to lean (above).] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  58. (Of persons) thin, not plump; meagre, of poor quality, innutritious, (l. crops, diet; l. years, of scarcity); unremunerative; (of meat) consisting chiefly of muscular tissue, not of fat (n., muscular part of meat). Hence leanness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  59. (past& p.p. leaned, or leant pr. lent), & n. Incline one\'s body against something for support, support oneself (of thing, be supported in sloping position) against or on (Mil., l. upon, have as protection on flank); rely or depend (up)on; incline body back, forward, over, towards, &c.; stand obliquely, out of the perpendicular; have tendency to mercy &c., be partial to cause, opinion, or person, whence leaning n.; place (thing) in leaning position; l.-to, building with rafters resting against side of another, pent-house; (n.) inclination, slope, (has a decided l. to the right). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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