browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

leanmore about lean


  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lean  \Lean\  (l[=e]n),  a.  [Compar.  {Leaner}  (l[=e]n"[~e]r); 
  superl.  {Leanest}.]  [OE.  lene,  AS  hl[=ae]ne;  prob.  akin  to 
  E.  lean  to  incline.  See  {Lean},  v.  i.  ] 
  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.''  --Shak. 
  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.  (Typog.)  Of  a  character  which  prevents  the  compositor  from 
  earning  the  usual  wages;  --  opposed  to  {fat};  as  lean 
  copy,  matter,  or  type 
  Syn:  slender;  spare;  thin;  meager;  lank;  skinny;  gaunt. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lean  \Lean\  (l[=e]n),  v.  t.  [Icel.  leyna;  akin  to  G.  l["a]ugnen 
  to  deny,  AS  l[=y]gnian,  also  E.  lie  to  speak  falsely.] 
  To  conceal.  [Obs.]  --Ray. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lean  \Lean\  (l[=e]n),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Leaned}  (l[=e]nd), 
  sometimes  {Leant}  (l[e^]nt);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Leaning}.]  [OE. 
  lenen,  AS  hlinian  hleonian  v.  i.;  akin  to  OS  hlin[=o]n, 
  D.  leunen  OHG.  hlin[=e]n,  lin[=e]n,  G.  lehnen  L.  inclinare 
  Gr  kli`nein,  L.  clivus  hill,  slope.  [root]40.  Cf 
  {Declivity},  {Climax},  {Incline},  {Ladder}.] 
  1.  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.  ``He  leant 
  forward.''  --Dickens. 
  2.  To  incline  in  opinion  or  desire;  to  conform  in  conduct;  -- 
  with  to  toward,  etc 
  They  delight  rather  to  lean  to  their  old  customs. 
  3.  To  rest  or  rely,  for  support,  comfort,  and  the  like  -- 
  with  on  upon  or  against. 
  He  leaned  not  on  his  fathers  but  himself. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lean  \Lean\,  n. 
  1.  That  part  of  flesh  which  consist  principally  of  muscle 
  without  the  fat. 
  The  fat  was  so  white  and  the  lean  was  so  ruddy. 
  2.  (Typog.)  Unremunerative  copy  or  work 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lean  \Lean\,  v.  t.  [From  {Lean},  v.  i.;  AS  hl[=ae]nan,  v.  t., 
  fr  hleonian  hlinian  v.  i.] 
  To  cause  to  lean;  to  incline;  to  support  or  rest.  --Mrs. 
  His  fainting  limbs  against  an  oak  he  leant.  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  lacking  excess  flesh;  "you  can't  be  too  rich  or  too  thin"; 
  "Yon  Cassius  has  a  lean  and  hungry  look"-Shakespeare 
  [syn:  {thin}]  [ant:  {fat}] 
  2:  lacking  in  mineral  content  or  combustible  material;  "lean 
  ore";  "lean  fuel"  [ant:  {rich}] 
  3:  containing  little  excess;  "a  lean  budget";  "a  skimpy 
  allowance"  [syn:  {skimpy}] 
  4:  (metallurgy)  low  in  mineral  content;  "a  lean  ore" 
  5:  not  profitable  or  prosperous;  "a  lean  year" 
  n  :  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"  [syn:  {tilt},  {list},  {inclination}, 
  v  1:  to  incline  or  bend  from  a  vertical  position:  "She  leaned 
  over  the  banister."  [syn:  {tilt},  {tip},  {slant},  {angle}] 
  2:  cause  to  lean  or  incline;  "He  leaned  his  rifle  against  the 
  3:  have  a  tendency  or  disposition  to  do  or  be  something  be 
  inclined;  "She  tends  to  be  nervous  before  her  lectures" 
  [syn:  {tend},  {incline},  {run}] 
  4:  exhibit  an  inclination  or  tendency  [syn:  {tend},  {incline}] 
  5:  rely  on  for  support;  "We  can  lean  on  this  man" 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  An  experimental  language  from  the  {University  of  Nijmegen}  and 
  {University  of  East  Anglia},  based  on  graph  rewriting  and 
  useful  as  an  intermediate  language.  Lean  is  descended  from 
  {Clean}  is  a  subset  of  Lean. 
  ["Towards  an  Intermediate  Language  Based  on  Graph  Rewriting", 
  H.P.  Barendregt  et  al  in  PARLE:  Parallel  Architectures  and 
  Languages  Europe,  G.  Goos  ed  LNCS  259,  Springer  1987, 

more about lean