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Definitions of lean

  1. to incline or bend from a vertical position; " She leaned over the banister"
  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"
  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"
  4. lacking excess flesh; " you can't be too rich or too thin"; " Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"- Shakespeare
  5. not profitable or prosperous; " a lean year"
  6. lacking in mineral content or combustible material; " lean ore"; " lean fuel"
  7. ( metallurgy) low in mineral content; " a lean ore"
  8. containing little excess; " a lean budget"; " a skimpy allowance"
  9. rely on for support; " We can lean on this man"
  10. cause to lean to the side; " Erosion listed the old tree"
  11. low in mineral content; " a lean ore"
  12. To conceal.
  13. 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.
  14. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
  15. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
  16. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat.
  17. Unremunerative copy or work.
  18. Leanness.
  19. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc.
  20. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against.
  21. 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.
  22. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
  23. 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.
  24. To cause to slant; rest.
  25. Thin; free from fat; as, lean meat; not productive; as, lean years.
  26. Leaned, leant.
  27. Leaning.
  28. 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).
  29. Thin, wanting flesh: not fat.
  30. Flesh without fat.
  31. LEANLY.
  32. To incline; bend.
  33. Wanting flesh or fat; meagre.
  34. To bend from an erect position; depend; with on or upon.
  35. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; slender.
  36. Lean meat.
  37. Wanting flesh; not fat; thin; not rich; poor; barren of thought and interest; jejune.
  38. That part of flesh which consists of muscle without the fat.
  39. To incline; to cause to lean.
  40. To incline or bend; to deviate from a straight or perpendicular line; to incline towards; to rest against.
  41. Thin; slender; not fat; bare.
  42. Flesh or muscle without fat.
  43. To deviate or move from a straight or perpendicular line; to incline or tend towards; to rest against or upon; to trust to.
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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
  3. Warrisden made no other answer than to lean forward in his chair, with his eyes upon Pamela's face. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  4. My belief in the existence of such a thing made me lean from the first to Silas Blackburn rather than Robert. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  5. " Lean on my arm and go where I shall lead. – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  6. She was also extremely lean, and strangely serious for a little girl: she never laughed and rarely smiled. – Far Away and Long Ago by W. H. Hudson
  7. She tried to lean out and cry down to him, to wave her hands to him with warning as she had often done with joy. – A Cathedral Singer by James Lane Allen
  8. Lean over a little, mother. – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  9. There was no one now to lean her head against when she was tired- except Harry. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  10. I'd have given a hundred dollars then to be able to stand up there on one foot and lean as easily as the skipper against the stay with the vessel going along as she was. – The Seiners by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  11. Sit down in the sand before me and lean your head against my knee. – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  12. Her excitement made her lean against a chair. – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  13. But she had found the necessity of someone to lean upon when Frank Jones had told her that he would not marry her, and she had feared Mr. Moss so much that she had begun to think that he would, in truth, frighten her into doing some horrible thing. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  14. I was still lean but fairly strong again. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  15. When you choose a stick you want a sound one- one that you can lean on when you face a hill, and I guess that's a thing my girl will have to do now and then. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  16. If this be so, it is a lean kind of reproach; for the English should rather study to follow you. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  17. The wind was strong enough to lean against, stronger than man or anything he had made. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  18. Georgina, pressing closer, saw him lean over the side of the wagon and boldly take hold of the end of the beast's tail. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
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