What is the meaning of lean?


  • The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical.
    • usage: "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"


  • To incline or bend from a vertical position.
    • usage: "She leaned over the banister"
  • Cause to lean or incline.
    • usage: "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  • Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined.
    • usage: "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"
  • Rely on for support.
    • usage: "We can lean on this man"
  • Cause to lean to the side.
    • usage: "Erosion listed the old tree"


  • Lacking excess flesh."you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look-Shakespeare
  • Lacking in mineral content or combustible material.
    • usage: "lean ore"; "lean fuel"
  • Containing little excess.
    • usage: "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"
  • Not profitable or prosperous.
    • usage: "a lean year"
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APAWordNet. (2010). lean. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/lean/definitions/1177416
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