Definitions for lean

Definitions for (noun) lean

Main entry: lean, leaning, list, tilt, inclination

Definition: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

Usage: the tower had a pronounced tilt; the ship developed a list to starboard; he walked with a heavy inclination to the right

Definitions for (verb) lean

Main entry: lean

Definition: rely on for support

Usage: We can lean on this man

Main entry: lean

Definition: cause to lean or incline

Usage: He leaned his rifle against the wall

Main entry: slant, tilt, tip, angle, lean

Definition: to incline or bend from a vertical position

Usage: She leaned over the banister

Main entry: list, lean

Definition: cause to lean to the side

Usage: Erosion listed the old tree

Main entry: tend, be given, run, lean, incline

Definition: have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

Usage: She tends to be nervous before her lectures; These dresses run small; He inclined to corpulence

Definitions for (adj) lean

Main entry: thin, lean

Definition: lacking excess flesh

Usage: you can't be too rich or too thin; Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look-Shakespeare

Main entry: lean

Definition: not profitable or prosperous

Usage: a lean year

Main entry: lean

Definition: lacking in mineral content or combustible material

Usage: lean ore; lean fuel

Main entry: skimpy, lean

Definition: containing little excess

Usage: a lean budget; a skimpy allowance

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