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WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • rely on for support
  • "We can lean on this man"
  • cause to lean or incline
  • "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  • to incline or bend from a vertical position
  • "She leaned over the banister"
  • cause to lean to the side
  • "Erosion listed the old tree"
  • 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"
  • lacking excess flesh
  • "you can''t be too rich or too thin"
  • "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
  • not profitable or prosperous
  • "a lean year"
  • lacking in mineral content or combustible material
  • "lean ore"
  • "lean fuel"
  • low in mineral content
  • "a lean ore"
  • containing little excess
  • "a lean budget"
  • "a skimpy allowance"
lean
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To conceal. [Obs.] Ray.

  • 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.

  • 1. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest. Mrs. Browning.

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

  • 1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; 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.

  • 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.

 

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