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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lean-to(noun)

    rough shelter whose roof has only one slope


  1. Lean-to(n.)

    A crude, usually temporary shelter comprising a lean-to roof braced against any convenient support, as a wall, a tree or a pole. The roof may extend all the way to the ground.


  1. lean-to(Noun)

    A shelter with a sloped roof; also a building with a similar construction attached to the side of a building as an extension.

    u201CThe only other alternative was to lodge her in the little modern lean-to, which I have already described as being tacked on to the side of the old building.u201D

    Etymology: First attested 1461.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lean-to(adj)

    having only one slope or pitch; -- said of a roof

  2. Lean-to(noun)

    a shed or slight building placed against the wall of a larger structure and having a single-pitched roof; -- called also penthouse, and to-fall


  1. Lean-to

    A lean-to is a roof with a single slope or a structure built using a lean-to roof. One type of structure is free standing with only three walls and a sloping roof. The open side is commonly oriented away from the prevailing winds and rains. Often it is a rough structure made of logs or unfinished wood and used as a camping shelter. Temporary structures made from wood or textiles are also termed lean-tos if constructed with a single slope of the roof. In some cases the sloping roof extends all the way to the ground. Thus the roof itself forms one of the three walls. It can also refer to a shed with a sloping roof and three walls that abut the wall of another structure. This form of lean-to is generally provisional; it is an appendix to an existing building constructed to fulfill a new need. Sometimes they cover external staircases, as is the case with the lean-to building built in the 15th century against one of the walls of the large chapter room of the cathedral of Meaux. Sometimes, they are built to protect entrances or to establish covered markets around certain large civic buildings.

How to pronounce lean-to?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say lean-to in sign language?

  1. leanto


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lean-to in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lean-to in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lean-to in a Sentence

  1. Theodore Johnson:

    I think that That Sanders black support this cycle looks a lot like That Sanders black support in 2016. It tends to be geographically dispersed and stem from younger black voters who usually lean to the left on a range of policy issues, i don't want to say that That Sanders has hit a ceiling, but That Sanders seems to have found That Sanders constituency, and it's similar to what it was four years ago. The question is : Can That Sanders increase That Sanders share of the black vote through turnout instead of through converting older black voters ?

  2. Virginia Woolf:

    “She did not want to move, or to speak. She wanted to rest, to lean, to dream. She felt very tired.”

  3. Kid Rock:

    I am definitely a Republicanon fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it.

  4. Legal Proverb:

    In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy.

  5. Michael Gresty:

    The reason that we can't understand these motions; the brain if you like can't understand these motions, is that there's continual conflict between what is upright and whether you should lean to balance yourself in the environment or whether you're actually experiencing a sideways acceleration force. You imagine being on a bicycle or a motorbike; you go round a corner, you lean into the corner which remains perfectly upright in physics. You don't so that in a car, you don't do that on a ship - you're actually struggling to find out what is upright and what's the best way of dealing with it.

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