Definition of Lean

1. Adjective. Lacking excess flesh. "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"

2. Verb. To incline or bend from a vertical position. "She leaned over the banister"
Exact synonyms: Angle, Slant, Tilt, Tip
Generic synonyms: Bend, Flex
Specialized synonyms: Incline, Pitch, Slope, Weather, Heel, List, Lean Back, Recline
Derivative terms: Angle, Leaner, Slant, Tilt, Tilt
Also: Lean Against, Lean On, Tip Over, Tip Over

3. Noun. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical. "He walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
Exact synonyms: Inclination, Leaning, List, Tilt
Generic synonyms: Position, Spatial Relation
Derivative terms: Incline, List, Tilt

4. Adjective. Lacking in mineral content or combustible material. "Lean fuel"
Derivative terms: Leanness
Antonyms: Rich

5. Verb. Cause to lean or incline. "They lean their rifles on the cabinet"; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Derivative terms: Leaner

6. Adjective. Containing little excess. "A skimpy allowance"
Exact synonyms: Skimpy
Similar to: Deficient, Insufficient
Derivative terms: Leanness

7. Verb. Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined. "He inclined to corpulence"
Exact synonyms: Be Given, Incline, Run, Tend
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Take Kindly To, Suffer, Gravitate
Derivative terms: Inclination, Inclination, Inclination, Tendency, Tendency

8. Adjective. Not profitable or prosperous. "A lean year"
Similar to: Unprofitable
Derivative terms: Leanness

9. Verb. Rely on for support. "We can lean on this man"
Generic synonyms: Bank, Rely, Swear, Trust

10. Verb. Cause to lean to the side. "Erosion listed the old tree"
Exact synonyms: List
Generic synonyms: Move
Related verbs: Heel, List

Definition of Lean

1. v. t. To conceal.

2. v. i. 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. v. t. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.

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

5. n. That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat.

Definition of Lean

1. Verb. To hang outwards. ¹

2. Verb. To press against. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: of a person) slim; not fleshy. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of meat) having little fat. ¹

5. Adjective. Having little extra or little to spare. ¹

6. Adjective. Of a fuel-air mixture, having more air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; more air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction. ¹

7. Verb. To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen. ¹

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Definition of Lean

1. having little fat [adj LEANER, LEANEST] : LEANLY [adv] / to deviate from a vertical position [v LEANED or LEANT, LEANING, LEANS]

Medical Definition of Lean

1. 1. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat. "The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy." (Goldsmith) 2. Unremunerative copy or work. 1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle. 2. 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. "No lean wardrobe." "Their lean and fiashy songs." (Milton) "What the land is, whether it be fat or lean." (Num. Xiii. 20) "Out of my lean and low ability I'll lend you something." (Shak) 3. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat; as lean copy, matter, or type. Synonym: slender, spare, thin, meager, lank, skinny, gaunt. Origin: OE. Lene, AS. Hlne; prob. Akin to E. Lean to incline. See Lean. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lean

lean (current term)
lean, finely textured beef
lean-to tent
lean against
lean and mean
lean back
lean client
lean clients
lean finely textured beef
lean on
lean towards

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