Definitions of lean

  1. To incline or bend; to deviate from a straight or perpendicular line; to incline towards; to rest against.
  2. To bend from an erect position; depend; with on or upon.
  3. To cause to slant; rest.
  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.
  5. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
  6. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
  7. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc.
  8. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against.
  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.
  10. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
  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.
  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).
  13. To incline; bend.
  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"
  15. rely on for support; " We can lean on this man"
  16. To incline; to cause to lean.
  17. To deviate or move from a straight or perpendicular line; to incline or tend towards; to rest against or upon; to trust to.
  18. Leaning.
  19. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat.
  20. Unremunerative copy or work.
  21. Flesh without fat.
  22. Lean meat.
  23. That part of flesh which consists of muscle without the fat.
  24. Flesh or muscle without fat.
  25. LEANLY.
  26. lacking in mineral content or combustible material; " lean ore"; " lean fuel"
  27. ( metallurgy) low in mineral content; " a lean ore"
  28. containing little excess; " a lean budget"; " a skimpy allowance"
  29. cause to lean to the side; " Erosion listed the old tree"
  30. low in mineral content; " a lean ore"
  31. Thin; free from fat; as, lean meat; not productive; as, lean years.
  32. Thin, wanting flesh: not fat.
  33. Wanting flesh or fat; meagre.
  34. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; slender.
  35. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; not rich; poor; barren of thought and interest; jejune.
  36. Thin; slender; not fat; bare.
  37. Leaned, leant.
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