What does lean mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaningadjective

    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, leanadjective

    lacking excess flesh

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

  3. leanadjective

    lacking in mineral content or combustible material

    "lean ore"; "lean fuel"

  4. lean, skimpyadjective

    containing little excess

    "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"

  5. leanverb

    not profitable or prosperous

    "a lean year"

  6. lean, tilt, tip, slant, angleverb

    to incline or bend from a vertical position

    "She leaned over the banister"

  7. leanverb

    cause to lean or incline

    "He leaned his rifle against the wall"

  8. tend, be given, lean, incline, runverb

    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. leanverb

    rely on for support

    "We can lean on this man"

  10. list, leanverb

    cause to lean to the side

    "Erosion listed the old tree"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leanverb

    to conceal

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  2. Leanverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  3. Leanverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  4. Leanverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  5. Leanverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  6. Leanverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  7. Leanverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  8. Leanverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  9. Leannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

  10. Leannoun

    unremunerative copy or work

    Etymology: [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinn, linn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. 40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lean

    lēn, v.i. to incline or bend: to turn from a straight line: to rest against: to incline towards:—pr.p. lean′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. leaned or leant (lent).—n. Lean′-to, a shed or penthouse whose supports lean upon another building or wall. [A.S. hlinian, and causal form hlǽnan; Dut. leunen.]

  2. Lean

    lēn, adj. thin, wanting flesh: not fat: unprofitable, taking extra time—a printer's phrase.—n. flesh without fat.—adj. Lean′-faced, having a thin face: (print.) slender and narrow, as letters.—adv. Lean′ly.—n. Lean′ness.—adj. Lean′-wit′ted, of little sense. [A.S. hlǽne; Low Ger. leen; according to Skeat, from hlǽnan, to lean (above).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lean

    Used in the same sense as clean or sharp; the reverse of full or bluff in the form of a ship.

Rap Dictionary

  1. leannoun

    Codeine syrup available only with a prescription, see also sipping lean. It is called "lean" because that is what drinking it makes you do. Smoking out, pourin up, keepin' lean up in my cup, all my car got leather 'n wood, in my hood we call it buck. -- Jay-Z featuring Bun B and Pimp C (Big Pimpin')

  2. leanverb

    To be intoxicated from sipping lean. Sippin' on syrup cause I love to lean, high as fu** 'cause I'm puffin green, and I got more amphetamines than eckerds, or walgreens -- 3 Six Mafia featuring Lil' Flip (Rainbow Colors)

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lean in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of lean in a Sentence

  1. Pete Stavros:

    Explaining to people how lean transformations at a factory correspond to what happens to our cost of goods sold and our earnings and our stock price, that’s kind of the change in thinking you want to get people bought into.

  2. Lisa Davis:

    The updated Thrifty Food Plan better reflects the way families live today, where working households do not have unlimited hours to prepare food from scratch and modern dietary guidelines advise a wider variety of foods, particularly leafy greens and lean proteins, which can be more costly.

  3. Eduardo Sanchez:

    The American Heart Association feels pretty solid about our recommendation that people should eat a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, legumes -- which you know are beans and peanuts, nuts -- whole grains, lean protein and fish, then there are some things that we recommend that people minimize -- processed meats, refined carbohydrates and sugar-sweetened beverages. So a combination of more of the first list and much less of the second list we believe the evidence says constitutes a healthy heart diet.

  4. Sean Callow:

    We lean towards no change but can see why markets are on edge, this meeting includes the semi-annual outlook report, updating forecasts which will surely include an admission that it will take longer than previously thought for inflation to reach the 2 percent target.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    There are some politicians who like to support boots on the ground in every conflict across the globe in an effort to lean forward and show how tough they are, i don't think this is a game of 'Risk.' I don't think it should be politicians moving armies about. I think it should be driven by the national security imperatives and the military needs on the ground.

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Translations for lean

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  • الخالية منArabic
  • abocar, magre, repenjar-se, inclinarCatalan, Valencian
  • opřítCzech
  • lehnen, knapp, dürr, anlehnen, mager, schlankGerman
  • reclinar, apoyar, delgado, magro, esbelto, ajustado, arrimar, estrecho, sobreoxigenado, declinarSpanish
  • لمیدنPersian
  • nojata, kallistaa, laiha, nojautua, hoikka, kallistuaFinnish
  • serré, pauvre, presser, mince, maigre, pencherFrench
  • delgado, delgadaGalician
  • sandarIndonesian
  • appoggiare, sporgersi, ricca, adagiare, slanciato, magro, scarso, sodo, asciutto, adagiarsi, magra, reclinare, pendereItalian
  • 傾く, もたれるJapanese
  • ನೇರKannada
  • 기대다Korean
  • پاڵدانه‌وه‌Kurdish
  • liess, kalsnsLatvian
  • whararaMāori
  • leneNorwegian
  • leunen, mager, tenger, aanleunenDutch
  • lene, bikkeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • mager, slankNorwegian
  • oprzeć sięPolish
  • esbelto, reclinar-se, magro, [[apoiar]]-[[se]]Portuguese
  • slab, ține, inclina, subțire, rezemaRomanian
  • бедный, обеднённый, поджарый, прислоняться, опираться, скромный, тощий, постный, наклоняться, опереться, наклониться, сухощавый, скудный, худой, прислонитьсяRussian
  • viseti, nasloniti seSlovene
  • mager, smal, lutaSwedish
  • zayıf, kıt, dayanmak, yağlı, yağsız, yaslanmak, inceTurkish
  • kambag'al, ozg'inUzbek
  • maigueWalloon
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