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  3  definitions  found 
  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]: 
  Leaning  \Lean"ing\,  n. 
  The  act  or  state,  of  inclining;  inclination;  tendency;  as  a 
  leaning  towards  Calvinism. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  departing  or  being  caused  to  depart  from  the  true  vertical 
  or  horizontal;  "the  leaning  tower  of  Pisa";  "the 
  headstones  were  tilted"  [syn:  {atilt},  {canted},  {tilted}, 
  2:  resting  against  a  support 
  n  1:  an  inclination  to  do  something  "he  felt  leanings  toward 
  frivolity"  [syn:  {propensity},  {tendency}] 
  2:  a  natural  inclination;  "he  has  a  proclivity  for 
  exaggeration"  [syn:  {proclivity},  {propensity}] 
  3:  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}, 
  4:  the  act  deviating  from  a  vertical  position 

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