Definitions for LEANlin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leanlin(v.)leaned; leant, lean•ing

  1. (v.i.)to incline or bend from a vertical position:

    to lean out the window.

  2. to incline, as in a particular direction; slant:

    The post leans to the left.

  3. to incline in feeling, opinion, action, etc.:

    to lean toward socialism.

  4. to rest or lie for support:

    to lean against a wall.

  5. to depend or rely (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    someone to lean on in an emergency.

  6. (v.t.)to incline or bend:

    He leaned his head forward.

  7. to cause to lean or rest; prop:

    to lean a chair against a railing.

  8. lean on,Informal. to pressure or threaten.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  9. (n.)the act or state of leaning; inclination.

Origin of lean:

bef. 900; ME lenen, OE hleonian, hlinian, c. OS hlinōn, OHG (h)linēn

leanlin(adj.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)(of persons or animals) without much flesh or fat; thin:

    lean cattle.

  2. (of meat) containing little or no fat.

  3. lacking in richness, fullness, quantity, etc.:

    a lean diet; lean years.

  4. spare; economical.

  5. (of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively low ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with

    Category: Automotive

    Ref: rich 1 17

  6. (of paint) having more pigment than oil.

    Ref: Compare fat (def. 17). 12

  7. (of ore) having a low mineral content.

    Category: Metallurgy

  8. (n.)the part of flesh that consists of muscle rather than fat.

  9. the lean part of anything.

Origin of lean:

bef. 1000; ME lene, OE hlǣne


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaning(adj)

    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"

  2. thin, lean(adj)

    lacking excess flesh

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

  3. lean(adj)

    lacking in mineral content or combustible material

    "lean ore"; "lean fuel"

  4. lean, skimpy(adj)

    containing little excess

    "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"

  5. lean(verb)

    not profitable or prosperous

    "a lean year"

  6. lean, tilt, tip, slant, angle(verb)

    to incline or bend from a vertical position

    "She leaned over the banister"

  7. lean(verb)

    cause to lean or incline

    "He leaned his rifle against the wall"

  8. tend, be given, lean, incline, run(verb)

    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"

  9. lean(verb)

    rely on for support

    "We can lean on this man"

  10. list, lean(verb)

    cause to lean to the side

    "Erosion listed the old tree"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lean(verb)lin

    to stand, sit, or be positioned at an angle, not vertical

    a boy leaning against the wall; The pole leaned slightly to the right.; He leaned across the table to get the salt.

  2. leanlin

    to bend forward at the waist

    She leaned over to shake the child's hand.

  3. leanlin

    to put sth at an angle, usually supported by sth else

    She leaned her bike against the wall.

  4. leanlin

    to be likely to choose or support

    a moderate political party that leans toward the left; We're leaning in the direction of putting the kids in another school.

  5. lean(adjective)lin

    thin, strong, and healthy

    the lean body of an athlete

  6. leanlin

    (of meat) having little fat

    lean ground beef

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lean(verb)

    to conceal

  2. Lean(verb)

    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

  3. Lean(verb)

    to incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc

  4. Lean(verb)

    to rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against

  5. Lean(verb)

    to cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest

  6. Lean(verb)

    wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle

  7. Lean(verb)

    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

  8. Lean(verb)

    of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type

  9. Lean(noun)

    that part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat

  10. Lean(noun)

    unremunerative copy or work

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LEAN' in Verbs Frequency: #406

Translations for LEAN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


thin; not fat

a tall, lean man.

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