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Lean meaning

lean - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. cause to lean to the side; " Erosion listed the old tree"
  2. 2. low in mineral content; " a lean ore"
  3. 3. To conceal.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
  6. 6. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
  7. 7. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat.
  8. 8. Unremunerative copy or work.
  9. 9. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc.
  10. 10. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
  13. 13. To incline; bend.
  14. 14. Wanting flesh or fat; meagre.

lean - examples of usage

  1. Of the men who recovered, the great majority were of the lean kind. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. As soon as the names were called over, I saw the Mate lean towards the Second and say something. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. Lean over this way and I'll help you down. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
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