v. leaned (esp. brit.)leant, lean•ing,
1) to incline or bend from a vertical position:
to lean out the window[/ex]
2) to incline, as in a particular direction; slant:
The post leans to the left[/ex]
3) to incline in feeling, opinion, action, etc.:
to lean toward socialism[/ex]
4) to rest or lie for support:
to lean against a wall[/ex]
5) to depend or rely (usu. fol. by on or upon):
someone to lean on in an emergency[/ex]
6) to incline or bend:
He leaned his head forward[/ex]
7) to cause to lean or rest; prop:
to lean a chair against a railing[/ex]
8) phv+inf lean on, Informal. to pressure or threaten
9) the act or state of leaning; inclination
Etymology: bef. 900; ME lenen, OE hleonian, hlinian, c. OShlinōn, OHG (h)linēn II
[[t]lin[/t]] adj., -er, -est, n.
1) (of persons or animals) without much flesh or fat; thin:
lean cattle[/ex]
2) (of meat) containing little or no fat
3) lacking in richness, fullness, quantity, etc.:
a lean diet; lean years[/ex]
4) spare; economical
5) aum (of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively low ratio of fuel to air
(contrasted with rich 13)).
6) (of paint) having more pigment than oil
Compare fat 17)
7) mel (of ore) having a low mineral content
8) the part of flesh that consists of muscle rather than fat
9) the lean part of anything
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME lene, OE hlǣne lean′ly, adv. lean′ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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